there are birds here


(poetry diary 91)

“A poem we published a couple of years ago, Jamaal May’s ‘There Are Birds Here,’ was saying that what the media show us is often the bad side of something, but poets are here to say, ‘There’s beauty here, there’s life here, there’s brightness, redemption, love for the landscape here—there’s potential here.’” – Don Share, editor of Poetry, quoted in The Atlantic, November 10, 2016: “Still, Poetry Will Rise” 

There Are Birds Here
Jamaal May

For Detroit


There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say
when they said those birds were metaphors
for what is trapped
between buildings
and buildings. No.
The birds are here
to root around for bread

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