“The Great Scarf of Birds”
"As if out of the Bible of science fiction, a cloud appeared,
a cloud of dots like iron filings which a magnet underneath the paper undulates.
It dartingly darkened in spots, paled, pulsed, compressed, distended, yet held an identity firm:
a flock of starlings, as much one thing as a rock.
One will moved above the trees the liquid and hesitant drift…
…And as I watched, one bird, prompted by accident or will to lead, ceased resting; and, lifting in a casual billow, the flock ascended as a lady’s scarf,
transparent, of gray, might be twitched by one corner, drawn upward and then, decided against, negligently tossed toward a chair: the southward cloud withdrew into the air.
Long had it been since my heart had been lifted as it was by the lifting of that great scarf."
Poem by John Updike — The Great Scarf of Birds
Pictures by Rodrigo Troitiño — March, 2019 — Amsterdam
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Here a little fast edited piece. Images captured over my place in Amsterdam — 2019. — Copyrights Rodrigo Troitiño