Bird on Keyboard* (Draft 2)


    — From photos by @bethanylynn1210

Bird on Keyboard

  There’s a bird on piano, crumbs left for her beak,
crunchy keyboard, no melody. The bird
knows no better than to peck discordantly
fluttering its wings, and now it’s
on the computer keyboard that’s
covered with seeds, and pecking,
it being of beak.

The bird is answering emails, but
you are of arms not embracing.
    [ ]
I had thought I’d
bask in the sun
lay you down, but
you phone called in bed
while we made love, said
you could only multi-task, squealing
moans in the phone, taking
a shipping order
saying, “pump”. A
screaming screen cries
bird on my keyboard
———
[Derived from this previous poem:]

Multibed Down

There’s a bird on my keyboard
crumbs for her beak
crunchy board
no emails. The bird
knows no better
than to peck
fluttering its wings
but you are of arms
not embracing

I had thought
I’d bask in the sun
lay you down, but

you phone called in bed
while we made love, said
you could only multi-task, squealing
moans in the phone, taking
a shipping order
saying, “pump”

A screaming screen cries
bird on my keyboard
stocks have crashed

— Douglas Gilbert

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3 thoughts on “Bird on Keyboard* (Draft 2)

  1. I love the picture so much. Goes great with your poem too. Perfect. I always love being able to finish something or add more to something I’ve worked on that makes it better. I think my little birds would make a song from your poem if they knew how to speak English…

    1. Thanks. Your photos were very helpful. I’m still experimenting with where and how to place pictures so that twitter automatically picks them up and puts them in a box with a link. If I add the picture myself I don’t know how to embed the link in the picture. It’s not as good to only have the link at the top in the text. But I’m not sure now how they decide whether to use a small picture on the left with an extract of text on the right, and when they use a big picture all the way across and have the text under (which looks better). I can’t remember what I did to get that. I should have noted it. Large, full-size, and at the beginning, middle, or end — i don’t know. Next time I should write down the results of each.

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