Prison cell window view
Six inch surreptitious slice
Constrained vista of the natural world
Intermittently bird populated
Haven of visual escape.
Feathered moments of wonderment
Soften despairing edges of misery;
Flocks colorful reminders of beauty
Enliven monotonous ritual of hours;
Wing droppings of joyful life
Lighten weight of panicked limbo.
Absorbing nuances of style and grace
Studying interactions, behavior patterns,
Birds rejuvenate my wilted soul
Echoing Elton John’s crooning
“Someone saved my life tonight.”