Who Knew

Who knew when
two pigeons
down the nave
of St Paul’s Cathedral
in Kolkata
while a Bengali Choir
sang Auld Lang Syne
that flying could become an art in which
__we can all partake.

That an egret with his wooden feet
can curve down
a shivering river,
that parents,
married for 51 years
can grow feathers,
and swoop above
a congregation
of disbelievers.