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Bird and Squirrel is a 20 minute video piece created by artist Kelli Scott Kelley.
Bird and Squirrel is a metaphorical fairytale which tells the story of the last boy and girl on the earth.
In the story, the girl and boy create a bird and a squirrel in an attempt to restore life to the planet.

There is no dialog In Bird and Squirrel other than the surreal thoughts of the girl in voiceover format.


The boy ...............Finnian Scott Kelley
The girl ................Sage Scott Fuchs
Girl's voice...........Zoe Arabella Parker

Writer/director........................Kelli Scott Kelley
Music, foley and lighting.......William D. Kelley
Poem - Bird and Squirrel......Jacqueline D. Parker
On-line Post-Production........Christopher S. Johnson



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This poem embodies the voiceover for the film.   See the film here!      
   
 


 




Bird and Squirrel

by Jacqueline Dee Parker


A blue grey eye, a kind of transparency,
a pupil of moldavite,
another heir of heaven and earth.

His gaze pools with hope,
sempiternal as the spell of a star-flocked sky.
A hard nut to crack: what I felt when I flew by.

Throat of a creek soaking moss, sipping
rivulets from a tin cup
tasting faintly of aluminum--

Remember we dyed my brother’s feathers
with mud from the riverbank
to turn them brown,

to trick the other girls
and he listened to all of their secrets,
ever after, we later saw, appalled--

Tonight rainwater brims on palm fronds
the slow drops glistening
in circles, as if for the first time.

I heard they skinned his mother.
In the cottage by the river,
framed by squares of glass

smoky from pipes and candles
and the memory of fire,
the skin of her breast was pelted.

She’d worn an apron with square pockets
and he a vest with brown buttons
and I can’t be sure but I think they were content.

Her silken fur’s a hearthrug.
I watched him rage in the quiet room
with nothing left to break,

then stand at the stove til nightfall,
his haunches heaving,
his heart seething,

his tears disposed to the pot
already filled
with his mother’s bones.

What I felt when I flew by--
his blue grey eye, the moldavite
pupil wet, plagued by history,

misery’s hunger, a hard nut to crack.
I too, have lost multitudes
in toto, I, too, suspire--

each day, an experiment in immortality,
a seizure of reckoning or
conviction, yearning’s whisper--

In mourning the creek
would not keep his heart’s torrents
and the current bore down,

ran away from him--
its dry wake, scarred mud
depressions, a snaking route he followed.

So long in the clouds I’ve circled
and somehow lost all bearings,
the sloping oak, white impatiens at its roots--

Now rainwater pounds palm fronds,
fast drops leak in all the flasks he’s placed,
spilling rims of glasses.

When through the peephole I finally fly,
my gaze pooling,
he simply looks up,

as if my arrival were expected,
as if it’s good I’m on time this time,
as if he knows I’m an erstwhile soul--

We push a wide mop with wet loops
like a woman’s wet hair
on tiles our feet shine in duplicate,

and our shadows turn up the corners
of this room, like stagehands hoisting
a velvet curtain, peel them away --

the beam kindling our embrace
is akin to what I felt when first I flew by,
all wings and hair and hide

bid to abide--ours is a marriage of heirs
in the cruel and beautiful future
that is heaven, that is earth.