The Partridge’s Philosophy

The lesions
disabled flight
blood on feathers –

the partridge’s
philosophy is about

it is injured
it is agitated
it is shot –

the partridge’s
philosophy is in

a few flutters 
slight paralysis
puzzled limbs –

the partridge’s
philosophy is
assimilating loss;

injured wings
stationary muscles
killed appearance –

the partridge’s
philosophy asks, can
dead birds fly?

(from a sequence &there4 of poems found in philosophical texts, this one from Chapter IV. The Relativity of all Knowledge. – First Principles by Herbert Spencer)


Mike Ferguson

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