augury doggerel

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Bird, Taxi

We tried to save a pointless swallow that was delivered at night to our balcony, breastbone cat-cracked, dark, small eyes watching out through the scare. I watched the kid while the woman put the bird in my black woolen cap and went off in a taxi.

I stroked her back, our hungry murderer purring content in my lap, and pulled the covers over the girl. I felt the pounce in her legs, our beast curled, and hoped to hold it all in one, and hoped she would come home.


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