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One day the birds came,
downy quiet,
fluttering wings.

They never left.
I’ve tried to push them out windows,
as their claws tear into

my wingback chairs,
and their molting
hides the floor from view

but they always fly in
an arc,
as soon as they are out

they come back,
and with friends,
a murder of crows,

an unkindness of ravens,
a flight of doves,
and all their needs,

and their cooing, their crowing,
their cawing,
jests from mockingbirds,

they will not stop,
will not submit to be caged,
they sit, above door frames,

and on the kitchen table,
on the headboard of my bed,
and they wait.

With flutterings and flappings,
they wake me in the morning,
sing me to sleep at night,

the birds are everywhere,
staring with black, black eyes,
as if I’m a worm,
and their beaks are poised.
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AElfrics-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I utterly adore this.  Seems to be such a beautiful thing from the opening, and then this heavy, near-sinister atmosphere starts to suffocate with the pace of it, and feathers twitch from the corner of eyelids.  Really brilliantly constructed.  I love this hard.
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You do me an honor.
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AElfrics-Cat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thoroughly deserved.
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Shalmons Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but birds are great!  D:
(seriously though, lovely as always)
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I had a feeling you'd say that!
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Very nicely written.
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you
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Skimaskkass Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Extreme.
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KarlyNoelleAbreu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you.
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