Where Do Birds Go When They Die?
In all my years of bird watching
From field and woodland walking,
From pavement pressing,
I have never seen the body of a bird.
Where do they go – to die?
Thousands of birds?
I understand decomposition, of course!
Rapid rotting of little bodies.
But feathers, and feet?
How do they simply 'disappear'?
Is it really just a matter of scale?
And human inattention?
And the huge numbers of pigeons
Co-habiting our concrete world?
Logic would suggest that once in awhile –
A dead bird.
Perhaps local managements
Clear the walkways of villages, towns and cities
Before daily business begins.
Where do birds go when they die?
I am not being facetious.
I really do wonder.
Birds and clouds and leaves -
Among a gazillion things
In this wide, wonderful World.
What a HOME - EARTH!
Cynthia Buell Thomas, Oct. 2019