scratching in the dirt

i want to be like the pair
of sparrows flying across the field
nosing into a curve
to the right
coming back up in a hook
to the left
in perfect synchronicity
then crossing at the fence
to pause in symmetry
on different branches
of the same tree

i want you beside me
both of us free
as the july air
both of us learning
to glide with it
wherever it takes us

there’s a sparrow alone in the dirt
kicking and scratching up dust
and i can imagine how that feels
alone down there in the heat
digging in circles
for no reason

sometimes when i’m pinned
under the moist earth of your body
i feel like we’re flying
both of us
trusting the wind

wendy shaffer


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