Latest from Book of Nature: “Fisherman with a Beer”

fisherman with a beer
smoking a cigarette
listening to Nirvana
scaring all the birds

fisherman with a beer
smoking a cigarette
listening to Nirvana
scaring all the birders
 
fisherman with a beer
smoking a cigarette
experiencing nirvana
enlightening all the birds
 
Kurt Cobain with a guitar
shooting heroin
scolding the fisherman
for scaring all the birds
 
birder with a water bottle
holding their binoculars
listening for birdcalls
also scaring all the birds
 
Eric Fischman with a beard
smoking a joint
listening to a poem
about scaring all the birds
 
Great Blue Heron with a bill
slender like a cigarette
listening to water
spearing all the fish
 
fisherwoman with a beer
smoking a cigarette
listening to Nirvana
scaring the man
fisherman with a beer
scaring nirvana
listening to cigarettes
smoking all the birds
 
a beer with a scare
birding the smoke
listening to man
fishing nirvana
 
fisherman with no beer
no cigarette
no music
bored
 
a dad with a fishing pole
drinking and smoking
showing his son how
when Nirvana was brand new
 
me with a beer
smoking a cigarette
listening to Nirvana
scaring all the birds
 
fisherman with his own life
doing his own things
doing things I wouldn’t
scaring me
 
me with binoculars
watching a fisherman with a beer
smoking a cigarette
listening to Nirvana
instead of watching all the birds
I resent
I hafta share
this world
with those who seem different
 
I understand
I hafta share
this world
with those who seem different
 
can I embrace
I hafta share
this world
with those who seem different?

– August 2017, Sedona, AZ

Previously appeared in Boulder Weekly

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