Once Was a BirdLaurel Snyder
The bird screamed, and we could not love her. The bird pulled Her feathers from their roots, herself from the story. The bird. Grew with black wings, dry grey feet, an open beak, sharp. Cried all at night, cried loud into the wind, who did not care. One whit. The wind had better things to do. Mountains, Seas. The bird said, I’ll be the wind, I’ll with the seas, I’ll beyond. Screaming, the bird went screaming, into the screaming Oh! And it didn’t matter, the bird, not one whit. Anywhere and there. It became and fierce, with wings like bare branches. It scared The children and ate the nights, stormed the days. The bird. With the frenzy of no sleep, the choke of what’s been swallowed But not consumed, what has swallowed but won’t be fed. Sorry And startled in the death of its own its own its own. Jealous death. Was a hungry. Was a horrible. Was a lonely creature with a voice Like the end. It came on, the bird. It came on like a lick of dark The hardest fall. The greatest loss–a thing which flies but won't be lifted.
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