Flight — A Poem

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“Flight” — C.Birde, 11/17

 

The trees’

weight of blackbirds

has diminished today;

the sky, less darkly rivered with

motion.

 

— C.Birde, 11/17

 

 

 

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Outgrown — A Dream

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“Outgrown” — C.Birde, 11/17

 

They sit

in the dark

& crowded room,

hip-to-hip-to-hip &

shoulder-to-shoulder,

hunched ‘round the tv’s

flicker & flutter of half-light

in silence.

Except

the one who

sits beyond the

spasm of shadow

outside that too-small

space.

Down

a narrow hall

in a chair ill-suited to

its full-sized occupant,

whose gray-wool jacket & pants

likewise strain to contain their wearer’s

size.

Despite

such details —

too-small-chair & -suit of clothes –

that one maintains a calm

& enviable

ease.

 

— C.Birde, 11/17

 

Thoughts & Wild Rabbits — A Poem

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“Caught” — C.Birde, 11/17

 

 

The warmth and safety

of this moment,

this place,

are no defense,

nor the play of light splashed

against closed eyelids.

The unwelcome thoughts

leap —

small, wild rabbits

through the wire fence

of consciousness.

They should not fit,

become lodged half-way,

caught between life

and non-life.

Cut them free.

Gently,

gently

lift and release each one.

Swaddle it,

heart-to-heart.

Match that rapid pulse

and stroke

the dampened fur to warmth.

Speak tenderly into the

long, listening ears

of love and

love and

love.

 

— C.Birde, 11/17

 

 

 

Guardian — A Poem

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“Guardian” — C.Birde, 11/17

 

Head full of ciphers,

fist full of stars,

she hears

the unsaid,

speaks

with a cynic’s

tongue.

Elbows sharp’d

against all storms;

her shoulder’s chip

maintains its buff

and shine.

Burr of flesh,

angled thought, or

heart’s constriction –

real,

perceived;

We understand

each other.

Her shadow

ascends,

extends –

 

I stand

 

in the

light.

 

 

— C.Birde