Poetry from Ankh Spice : Reclaiming the birdboy

Reclaiming the birdboy

I run again past a familiar sadness
of rusting struts: old plane
drowned in the harbour
and I thank you, sinews, for holding up
despite my knowing
how a body can turn itself to a flock of bones
still not hollow enough to fill with flight. 
I tried to kill the bird
many times, emptying it fast or slow
and by the seawall gulls still hover
fighting over fish-
and-chip papers from the takeaway
that door once dark conspiracy
stinking with the terror of oil.
There was no future
where starved land-legs 
could muscle strong, where scarred 
unfeathered arms
could fleet the wind—in updrafts
a message waiting to ride: unfear
the beg of the shape. Lines full
up with fuel. The ripe spark.
You perfect engine—
only the mud empty now
the dirty plot sucks closed
the mouth opens
and greedily opens
the air rushes: unstopped life. 
They take you back in.


*first published in Mineral Lit*

Poetry based on photography Challenge from Ankh Spice pt. 1 

Holiday Interlude by Ankh Spice from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen 

5 Poems by Ankh Spice : That which can be made visible, Hold the river, Feeding the koi, Act like you were never for sale, & Hathor’s gift 

other links to enjoy: 
Bare Bones Writings Issue 1 is out on Paperback and Kindle 

A Quicksilver Trilling by David L O’Nan    : Poetry & Writing style lyrics inspired by Dylan 

2 Poems for Lou Reed by Robert Frede Kenter : Variance (2 parts) 

Poetry from “The Light We Cannot See” by Anne Casey : Portrait of a funeral arrangement (for Denise)





By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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