Conversations with Birds

Tell me, feathered thing
is it a song you’re choosing today
or the unseen force of ten thousand wings behind you
that sends this melody shooting through your tiny bones?
Is it an invisible geyser
that shoots from earth
—where you will one day lie—
across pillars of air
and up your spine
and across your tongue
to vibrate molecules of air
the good air,
and the bad air,
and finally to speak the forgotten eons
into the ears
of those
who will also lie in earth
and also
be the air?

Or is it you alone who chooses these words?

Tweep tweep,
caw caw,
to weep,

By Ari Gold

Ari is a poet and student-Oscar-winning film director whose films are linked by musical and environmental themes. He is also the winner of the Cosmographia Books competition (for poetry), a Guinness Book of World Records record (for air-drumming), and Stoner of the Year from High Times Magazine. As a writer, his work has been serialized in the Serbian newspaper Danas, and he is completing both an adult novel and a middle-grade novel this year. His new feature film, “The Song of Sway Lake,” was selected as Opening Night Film at multiple festivals this year; he also directed the cult comedy “Adventures of Power” (“One of the funniest films in recent years” – NY Magazine), dozens of award-winning shorts and videos that have been presented everywhere from Sundance to Karlovy-Vary, and the short film “Helicopter”, about his mother’s death in the helicopter crash that killed rock music promoter Bill Graham. He is expanding “Helicopter” into a feature film, with psychomagic advice from Alejandro Jodorowsky. His next major project, currently in development, is a game-changing action-adventure fiction TV series about ecology, war, shamanism, and the liberation of the human spirit.

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