“All the Dying Birds”

According to my radio, the average life-expectancy of a homeless person is around 45 years and the number of deaths is increasing.  “I am free as a bird,” said my neighbour, “but in winter I want to migrate.”


“All the Dying Birds” – a haiku


All the hungry birds

Building nests in shop doorways

Winter is coming


Will they ever know

What it’s like to be like you

Will they ever know


Hunger, starvation

Breath on a slab of granite

All the dying birds.




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