“Two Birds” published in TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics 2015

Two Birds


Across our northern skies, two birds

charge and wheel, the smaller sleek

in hot pursuit. Perhaps the larger


skulked to raid the newborn nest.

Perhaps a tuft of food its beaked

desire lured. Whatever the cause

of this flight’s rage, they grapple, peck,

fall and swoop. The chaser nips

the other’s tail, ignores the odds,


defying physics, brave in sheer

revenge, aloft. I watch them wing

throughout the morn, then turn to walk

long-rutted fields. Briars, hawthorn

rise to snag. Their gnarled beauty

hosts a single feather, black.

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