Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

poem of the week: tin birds
April 20, 2012, 12:26 am
Filed under: travel

i was not too pleased with myself this week because i did not write a new poem and then inspiration hit while i was on the bus this morning! i started this poem in February, while i was traveling, but i never finished it because it felt a bit stuck. this piece may still need some work, but it feels a lot closer to being finished today.


tin birds
© 2012 by margaux delotte-bennett

bellies weighed down by suitcases stuffed with wealth and
weighty expectations of

trademarked colors and shapes emblaze upturned and tinned
tail feathers

things this big should not be able to fly for hours on end,
but they do.

leaping over land and sea
cruising through space and time
losing and gaining hours in new ports of call.

this bird of prey fleeces pockets
divides classes
warps perceptions.

we willingly keep them well fed.

the tin birds roost on tarmacs tattooed with letters,
lines and symbols read from on high.

we willingly keep them well fed as they swallow us in one world
and spit us back out in the next.


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