Birds of Victoria

This poem is from my upcoming book, Side 1/Side 2. The book comes out
tomorrow!

There are the ducks of Beacon Hill Park
the seagulls that perch on the windowsills
of the Strathcona Hotel
there are the peacocks that preen and dance
by the fountains on Government street
there are the crows that haunt Antique Row
in search of easy dinner
and there are the October gatherings of all flights
that meet on every available surface
of the construction cranes downtown.

However,
my favourite birds of this city
have always been the finches
that sit on the telephone wires outside my window
who sing and chirp
to welcome me home
to wake me up
and let me know I’ve slept in too late.

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