No Crow, Scarecrow

from by Kirk Hamilton

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I know you
I know your name
I know your names are the names that
all the birds here like

On Friday
it seems your fame
it seems you’re famous to my
sewn-on button eyes

But when I cast them high
to the threats in the sky

He’s got no chance of flight
Stuck in deep, tied on tight

I do my best to figure out
why all the action is passing me by

I know how easy it looks
in those pulp-printed books

There’s not a threatening sound
Not a bird, not a cloud

And I’m a flannel-clad Clark
with my glasses taped on tight
It’s Monday,
where is my brain?
My straw-filled cranium
Iis far too full to think

The soy rows,
that patch of beets,
the snap peas are in danger
Time to do my thing

So when I look at you there
I’m thinking, “Villains, beware!”

But everybody seems cool
Grow up strong, it’s the rule

There’s not an Audubon thing,
not a beak nor a wing in sight

So I’m a scarecrow
staring down an empty sky

All of the foes that we know
Headed south long ago

I guess I’ll lean on my pole
and I’ll watch as you grow on by


from The Exited Door, released February 1, 2009



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