Birders in Texas pay attention to hurricanes
because the gigantic pinwheels blow birds everywhere.
When birds are blown off course during migration,
some right their compasses and complete their routes.
Others make do in borrowed habitats.
Due to strange surroundings and exhaustion
these vagrants are vulnerable to predation and other hazards.
Yet many eventually make their ways back home.
We are odd birds
who migrate and indwell our habitats
at the same time.
Vagrants of a kind in either case:
we may be blown off course right at home,
or we may move on without leaving.