"The Smell Of Gravity"
Time to let the birds circle
until the smell of land compels
a gentle landing.
Not just from the aromas of the
and turning of seasons
do these creatures respond.
But from the smell of gravity.
After all, their ancestors
knew how to use gravity
to get what they wanted.
Everything about birds bespeaks
the roundness of their world—
how they fly,
where they bathe,
how they defend their young,
their very first 'housing'.
Every year they renew this sense of roundness
through their ancient migration.
Filling their wings with the memory of the
planet's inevitable shape.
Long before when we humans were eliminating people
who uttered the possibility of a round Earth,
The winged ones knew that the entire Universe was
What do they think of our attempts at order and domination
through right angles?
What do they think of our square homes?
How many of us will still be around to watch
the birds circling,
smelling their sense of