March 13, 2011

Unspoken rituals

Oppenheimer Park

organized sport on the field surprises me

those flattened yellow cones reminiscient of school

people gather on one side, cones spread out

if it’s in a pattern, I cannot tell

the other side, the domain of seagulls

they own the place when we aren’t looking

I once watched them in ceremony

together, a hive mind, they tore into flight

circling the field — a different field

one that enjoys more organized sport

— and together descended to alight in a sort of circle

from which they marched outward,

each individual making its own bobbing path

and repeat

all this from the window of a bus

i wonder

if anyone else notices

these unspoken rituals

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