don’t feed the birds

ducks ©papa osmubal

ducks ©papa osmubal


don’t feed the birds

alan jefferies

Don’t feed the birds
that’s what the letter said
We, the Body Corporate
prohibit you from
feeding the birds.

He didn’t care
he sat all day on the roof
in his dressing gown
a bucket full of bread by his side

the birds seemed to like it
the skinny ones, that is
the fat ones could no longer make it
to his fourth floor balcony window.

While the hallway filled with letters
threatening court action
eviction
a firing squad at dawn.

He didn’t worry
as long as they kept coming
swooping over his head like the spokes
of a giant wheel

showering the suburb with the shit
his neighbours now held him responsible for.

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