the museum of americana

a literary review

Birds of Long Island—Poetry by Boona Daroom

A lot of people are shopping for tiny desks today.

Demand for jigsaw puzzles has surged past normal levels.

The plover is a wading bird found throughout the world.

It is characterized by its relatively short bill and hunts by sight.

I’m finding that moving slowly is helpful to calm my nerves.   

Black ducks are omnivorous and feed by dabbling in shallow water.

In an uncertain time, improbable horror movies make me feel safe.

I have time to get dressed, put lotion on, make my bed and breathe. 

The oystercatcher is marked by its black and white body. When courting

a pair will walk together and make a single, piping high note.

There is two of almost everything here but only one of me.

I don’t have a job anymore and that is the case for many of us.  

The great horned owl’s song is normally a low-pitched but loud 

Ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo…ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo… ho-ho-hoo hoo hoo.

I’m thinking about what we will do when we get sick

and planning for that, but there is a lot we can’t plan for.  

I always keep an extra jar of Rao’s spaghetti sauce in the pantry.  

The white-breasted nuthatch is monogamous.  

I don’t have a cough or a fever, but I’m exhausted. 

Tropical Cyclone Harold will move on Fiji through the midweek

and the kestrel’s migration depends on weather conditions.

Red-throated loons are the smallest and lightest of the world’s loons.

Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of pasta carbonara?  

I put on pants. Real pants. Every day.  

Eastern egrets develop a fine, white breeding plumage.

I am listening without distraction to our son when he speaks.   

We are filling our days with learning, leisure and forced calm.  

The blue jay is noisy, bold and aggressive but a moderately slow flier.

Seagulls nest in large, densely packed, kleptoparasitic colonies.

A mind is an action of a spirit which is the vehicle of the soul.   

I grew up neither believing nor disbelieving doomsday predictions.

I’m just trying to use what I have and what’s left in the freezer.   

A double-crested cormorant has a stocky build and swims low in the water.

Last month was the second-busiest month ever for gun sales.

I’m trying to make music, practicing the piano and singing here and there.   

Some believe having your ashes submerged in the Ganges ensures salvation.

The osprey is a fish-eating bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. 

The robin is active during the day and assembles in large flocks at night.

The black-capped chickadee is known for its boldness near humans

sometimes feeding from the hand. I’ve found that most problems 

aren’t rocket science, but this doesn’t look quite like anything 

I’ve seen before. I close my eyes and feel free, if only for a moment.  

 

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Boona Daroom‘s work has appeared in LIT, SOFTBLOW, apt, among other places. He lives in Brooklyn.