• Andrew Landsdown

Birds, Perching



Because it is bent,

the stalk of the agapanthus

is a perfect perch

for the fantail, which alights

beside the mauve flower-head.



Clamping itself

to the slim shaft of the now

swaying arrow

bamboo, the grey butcherbird

outside my writing window.



That abrupt upward

movement of the tail feathers

to check and balance

the bird as it hits the branch—

the kookaburra’s air-brake!



When the second

magpie landed, the first one

spread its wings and

fanned its tail to maintain its

balance on the wobbling wire.





These indentations

in the granite by the pool

declare the absence

of the women who made them

long ago with their grinding.