monday verse: pigeons

pigeons in Paris
pigeons in Paris

On shallow slates the pigeons shift together,
Backing against a thin rain from the west
Blown across each sunk head and settled feather.

from Pigeons by Philip Larkin

We came across these pigeons in Paris, one freezing cold February. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been so cold. They were huddled on this grate, taking advantage of warm air rising from the Metro. I was very tempted to join them, but we sought refuge in a museum instead.


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