Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Bird's Eye

We walk to the village each morning,
My dog and I.
She scours the ground for squirrels;
I look up for crows.

Always three or four of them
Perched on rooftops,
Across the street from each other
Calling their greetings.

Caw, response; caw, response.
Often a kind of chuckle,
Laughing down at us
Poor land-bound creatures.

One descends,
To a morsel on the blacktop.

A small speck of something
Visible only
To the discerning bird,
Who, satisfied, bobs his head.

We pass by him
As he rises with broad, black wings
And mocks our slow-footed journey
With his contemptuous, pitying eye.

Louise Coffin, a former high school English teacher in Atlanta, revels in her Swarthmore retirement.


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