Robin Girl, Felicia Olin
Bird Boy

Bird boy, scared of steel cages
Needs freedom to love life
And to feel the air. He hops
Away again leaving
Her with a bloody beak.
But that’s not what she loves
About him. He’s brief— a
Mystery. She sees
Towers of gold in his eyes,
Towers he’s still discovering,
Upturning soil, digging for
Worms— while Robin girl
Bleeds—waiting for her lover
Man to catch up to her.
But he just might not, and she’ll
Follow eagles, sparrows, and
Be up in the trees. While her
Bird boy digs ditches
And hops from one hole to another,
Dirty, bleeding onto another
Robin girl that will learn to fly
Above him also.

Lindsey Buis