Most men have known brutality,
if not the pain of father's belt
or large boy's knuckles, then pulsing fear
of ridicule for cowardice.
A martial expectation clings
to each boy's image of himself.
Which is to say life kicks his ass.
A man—a fool and [...]
Two springs, I filled our rooms with chirping fleets
of fledglings quiet women of the zoo's
Bird Rehab Center fetched from fallen nests.
My tasks were just to feed them, keep them warm
and shoo away the cats that gathered on
the balcony above our lus [...]