Richie McCaffery – A bird in the hand

photo credit: Nikos Koutoulas

 

Richie McCaffery
A bird in the hand

From his bedroom window, he thought
he saw a blackbird in the bare apple tree.

Later he realised it was only a reflection
of his hand raised to his aching head.

The bird had taken his mind off things,
but now his hand was the bird,

even at roost it grew more tired.