-Linda Lee Lyberg
Lovely white and black pigeon
Born distinct from a genetic defect
Outcast from the common flock
Easy target for predators
Watching you everyday trying to fit in
With the ‘normal’ pigeons
You make them uncomfortable
They peck at you, pushing you away
You stand your ground
Your uniqueness frightens them
I fear your destiny is to
Soar through this world alone
For they don’t understand you,
They may not, but I do.
Pigeons are a lot like humans, it seems.
Linda Lee Lyberg
By Howcheng (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Author’s Note: I have a leucistic pigeon in my yard and it is interesting observing the behavior of the other pigeons with him. He’s really big and beautiful. I haven’t been able to get close enough for a photo, so had to make do with one from Wikimedia Commons.
For more on leucism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucism