….. settled on the threshold, drifted in ¬ from one of the
martin nests in the eaves ¬ (chicks seem to shed them when flying ¬
for the first time to sail away on the air) ¬ but this one settled,
made a claim for possession ¬ of the home the birds return to year
on year. ¬ It seemed like a gift, as some claims are, ¬ a token of
shared habitation right there ¬ at the entry to the house where we
found it ¬ feathering a nest beyond the cup of mud ¬ stuck beneath
the overhang of the roof tiles ¬ marking a gateway to the world.