Glass Poetry Press

Volume Six Issue Two

Jacqueline Jules

Ostrich Behavior

If you check Wikipedia, you'll see it's a myth. The ostrich doesn't bury her head in the sand. She'd suffocate. When you see her dipping a long slender neck, she's tending to eggs in her nest, built in a hole 2 feet deep and 6 feet wide. The buried head — an illusion seen from a distance by judgmental eyes. The ostrich cannot fly, but she can flee on tall thin legs 40 miles per hour. It is true that she runs from danger, leading predators away from the nest. Not a poor plan, if you ask me. I wouldn't mind powerful legs to out-run malignant fears. Certainly seems better than standing in place to face lions, leopards, and wild dogs hungry for flesh and feathers.