"the cities below go on without"

There are those birds
concerned with resource,
trend, and crime.
They tend to bounce about
talking to other animals
about tolerance for gays,
spending the rest of time
aiding one another through illness
and complex ideas
as when to use forks
and how much to breathe.
They are the copyists tastes
for how the sky should streak,
the conditions, they say,
for when all can look up
at the clear many of us.