I had starlings on my mind last night as I watched, and then joined, a hundred or so kids and adults storming the gym floor, in motion, traveling in tandem, playful together,

a pulsating flock of bodies on the move, three minutes of relentless action, and the fulcrum source, a soft ball still in motion, a fabric magnet that drew us here, then there, then everywhere

and when a goal scored, the cheer from both sides became deafening, a kind of beautiful thunder no bird ever could make, but we could

for #verselove (inspired by a student vs teacher event at my school) Audio: