Birds cry and the wind replies, What of it? One by one they crash to the earth like leaden leaves. Wings become flapless and little more than diseased appendages, merely by the body’s side for show, as if to denote and condemn the futility of the soaring metaphor. Broken bodies pile like a metropolis of bloody high-rises. Floating dandelion heads are replaced by dropping flocks. Trees shake, accomplice with mocking currents designed to keep the creatures grounded. Ornithology becomes Pathology, until there is nothing left to study. Birds have three eyelids, blink, and never miss a thing. Watching your species die before your eyes is like innocence, is like guilt.
About the Author: Daniel Romo is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His writing can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, MiPOesias, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and is the Head Poetry Editor for Cease, Cows. He lives in Long Beach, CA and at danielromo.net.
Artwork: John Smiddy was born San Jose, CA in 1966. He received his BA from UCSC in 1989 and his MA from SFSU in 1998. He lives and works in Oakland, CA.