They come running to the fence
Feathers fluffy in the wind
Eager, excited, and laughing
Jackie O with her pearl necklace
Bossy Pants dressed in red velvet
Peaches with her nude stockings
Dorothy in a glamorous black evening gown.
And I remember the ones that are no longer here
Coco in her best brown pants suit
Sparkles with her golden egg
Silvia who shined bright like a shooting star
Aristotle with her badge of honor.
And I have asked myself
How many times can a heart break?
How can I live with my skin on inside out
And still walk through this world?
How does my heart stay open
to the depth in her eyes
knowing that her light will go out?
They sqwualk and sqwualk and I smile
I kneel down so that our eyes can meet
Their heads tilt with curiosity
their eyes focus on mine
And we are the same.
We both put ourselves to bed
and rest with the moon
We both wake with the sunrise
and celebrate the new day
We both eat and drink and shit and bathe.
Our hearts race
Our skin itches
Our tempers flare
Our feathers ruffle.
When the world gets quiet
and the temperature cools
When the light goes down
and the nocturnal beings begin to roam
We both very carefully
sweetly and gently
Step closer and closer and lean against one another.
We both love.
Dedicated to the rescued Hens at Elephant Belly Sanctuary.