songanddancegirl

"It's about words, and words are all I have…"

BIRD BREATH

BIRD  BREATH    AND BEE  STING

square suburban yard   in the vinyl

swimming pool   lightening overhead

groundhogs tremble in bushes before

attacking youngest brother    father never

believed him  but the rest of us do

 

other brother stung repeatedly  fell into verdant

ravine  one day late spring    mother & neighbour

mother carry him to local doctor   who loves

mother’s best friend

 

older brother waits for us  menacingly    we who

have plucked every flower on street for Mother’s

Day   police catch baby bro  chubby legs  too slow

 

friend asks why we stole the dinkytoys      because we wanted them!

 

blood-red cardinal falls from tree & shivers in the snow   as

boat-loads of freedom from childhood melodramas    wing their way

but haven’t arrived just yet

 

 

Late Fall 2013

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