Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 Nature’s NatureMarch 1, 2021 |

Pigeon Slippers

A silent film’s where Prada gets the headband idea from maybe — now everyone’s temples are draped. Thinking their penny thoughts. If you can call it an idea. An idea is the mother of other ideas. Mother, at the mercy of different ones of her sons, because her ideas have their own ideas, is a bitch, Old Grandma, a fantail pigeon, mother soil, redeemer of mice, the new moon, Eve, she-wolf, Mother Golden in the cereal field, hedge sparrow, a gazelle, neither young nor old, live bait. How many mothers is “Rugby Chapel” missing? A freshly killed pigeon, knifed down the breast, is said to remedy a splitting headache. Whose? More commonly, two dead pigeons, each split down the middle, can be worn as slippers. In time of plague, you wear birds to little to no good, no harm to yourself. That’s what you’ve always done when there’s nothing to be done. Like bloodsuckers, their cousins, pigeons draw out poisonous vapors, meltdowns, insomnia, low-grade anxiety, fever. Eve

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