Steve of Gloucester
Who says the narcissists are narcissistic?
In themselves they see the whole world,
like Steve the blue tit, who looks into the eye
of the police and sees everything he needs to know.
He contains the rolling fields on his breast,
the sun sets in his eye and the white lines
of the roads are the jib of his feathers.
You may think he is looking at himself
but he owns clouds in his plumes and a beak of silver.
Wait till the narcissist tweets the song of days.
by Jude Cowan Montague
Jude Cowan Montague is the poetry editor of The Sunday Tribune. She is an artist and broadcaster and produces and hosts ‘The News Agents’ Saturdays 2.30pm on Resonance FM. Her first graphic novel ‘Love on the Isle of Dogs’ is due to be published in 2020.
Picture by Erwan Guerroué
Editor’s Note: Erwan Guerroué is an artist living and working in Paris. He was inspired by the tale of Steve, the bluetit who caused much confusion for the police by his love of watching himself close up in the CCTV lenses. Erwan sees this tale as an urban parable.