Pigeon Police

Bryant O'Hara on November 19, 2012 06:13

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    Pigeon Police
    © 2012 by Bryant O’Hara

    Don't mess with the pigeons with the black double-breasted jackets.
    The cops they call have claws.
    They are beautiful,
    but you cannot touch them.
    They have a powerful defense,
    and they are part of a mechanical ecosystem -
    and that ecosystem does not give a damn
    about your too-loud conversation.
    The pigeons are polite, but firm.
    The K-9-2's will taze, bag,and tag your ass.

    The animals you see in the station nowadays,
    most of them are unreal:
    rats are the maintenance crew,
    monitoring and repairing the cars and the rails,
    resurrecting the jumpers that hit the third rail.
    The mechanical roaches keep the real ones in line.

    It is the Pigeon Police that most of us talk to,
    and they are friendly enough.
    They will get close to you,
    start up conversations.
    Children love them and feed them.
    The Pigeon Police regurgitate the scraps
    for their flesh-and-blood templates.

    The rules of the station are simple,
    posted everywhere,
    and are not suggestions.
    The ecosystem has its ways of maintaining order,
    both subtle and blunt.
    As long as you do not break the law,
    you will reach your destination.
    As long as the ecosystem does not evolve past the laws,
    we can all be content.

    "Pigeon Police" by Bryant O'Hara is licensed under a Creative Commons License


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