Across the summer grasses' fattened heads,
the wild herbs' yellow blooms -
two pigeons at the bird-bath,
sipping in turn.
They spot me pretending
not to be watching. I can see
they don't totally mistrust, nor do they trust me.
It's a healthy state of being
for pigeons and humans - that state
of being neither one
nor the other, but between,
between two poles of feeling.
Are we the only species on two legs -
obliged to hold those poles
in balance? It could be.
It could be some humans
are birds more than mammals,
and Darwin and Linnaeus' wondrous achievements
perhaps need updating.
Anyway. So across the big-headed grasses and blooms
I sit, noting the segments of cloud
in the sky, and how they resemble
an insect's belly. Remember Foucault
and his 'Age of Similitude'.
Is my thinking that archaic?
For those of you suckling babes,
or welding gates, or taking bookings
from holidaymakers - the Age of Similitude
refers to the Renaissance, when people found
resemblances, connections between things.
Whereas Darwin-and-them thought
in categories, you know - like lists,
and generally linear systems.
It's all of it useful
to us, more or less.
Anyway, the fat-headed grasses.
The birds so full of summer
they can't stop twittering.
is so much older
than the baby humanity -
Nature's most recent invention,
God's last contribution.
Suddenly a pigeon hurtles
gurglingly out of the Dogwoods
and, like a flustered arrow,
shoots by at the level of my ear,
soon followed by his partner,
equally absurd: a metre off the ground,
wings spread, chest out -
as if she were some joke
on Virgin Mary
finally beyond the blues.
I cannot help but laugh.
I laugh as if I were
in company, with fellows
of my ilk.
And I am that: yellow flowers,
seed-plump stalks; the Robin practising.
Nature talks more than I can say
in one poem
at the end
of a day.
- Silke Heiss, 16th November 2018