Birds on a Wire is from Proper Grey Areas, my second poetry book. A previous relationship was the inspiration behind the poem. During a run, I noticed a group of birds sitting on a power line in our neighborhood. The birds stared at each other and stared down at me as I pause to look at them.
I thought, so often in relationships, we can become distant from one another. We watch each other thinking the other person will reach out to make a connection to strengthen the relationship. When inaction occurs, both parties become immobile.