The Bird Nests of Lascaux

by Jerry Ratch

With their brightly-colored bits of

found string

woven into the walls of their nests

to teach their baby birds

what the worms of the future

will look like.


Somewhat like the

cave paintings of Lascaux

for early man in France,

when hunting was

still necessary for survival,


before wine,

before make-up,

and fashion,

and the invention

of the demitasse.


The life at the café,

the boulangerie,

the vaunted leg

in the high-heel shoe.


Their brightly colored feathers

all flustered.