forlorn (20181028)

in the yard
digs through trash
among words
i’ve tossed out

it finds one with still
a little life
plucked from the ashes
of other
dead phrases

i feel the crow disturb it
through a pulsing umbilicus
that runs across a cracked driveway
and fragrant rosemary
with impossible blue blossoms

it runs under the door

straight into my gut

the word throbs in his beak
like a thumb-size mass of organs
wrapped in a greasy membrane

he will unseam this word
tear out the stitches
pierce it with his black beak
devour the marrow

it will become his

it will become his word
and on his black tongue
it will be his song
as he rises from the ground

i throw rocks at him
my loud visitor
to scare him away from
the bins
but he eyes me with contempt
and with my hard work
in his glistening maw
he takes to the air

i do not

his feathers are so black
so very like the night
and this

paper is so



Day 24/30 of the Tupelo 30/30 Project (20170824)

waiting for bird song
i realize it is
not the mockingbirds or sparrows
not the finches or the robins
i long for but….


My poem self-portrait is available to read at the Tupelo 30/30 project page.

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