If you wake one morning realising

the world you live in is an island,

the kind Donne warned against


breathe in, breathe out,

you’ve been here before,

you know what to do …


Start small and slow –

learn how to train pigeons

then send a message

to anybody.


Practise long distance swimming

and holding your own hand.


Compose a mating call

disguised as an anthem.


Sing at every opportunity.


Work your way up

to bridge building,

use whatever feels right.


Finally, add a birdhouse,

make it open plan to attract

the right kind of people.