Feathery Skies

On a clear day
if you look at the sky
with imaginative eyes
you might see
millions of blue doves
lined up in columns and rows
with their wings spread wide apart
and sewn together
feather with feather,
one blue dove with another.
I shall return,
return from my journey,
I shall return to your arms.

On a clear night
if you look at the sky
with imaginative eyes
you might see
millions of black crows
lined up in columns and rows
with their wings spread wide apart
and sewn together
feather with feather,
one black crow with another.
Their eyes sparkling white.
I shall return,
return from my journey,
I shall return to your arms.

I shall return from my journey
holding one blue feather
and one black feather.
I shall return to your bed,
I shall return
holding the feathers in guilt and shame
knowing that parts of the day and night
are not even great enough gifts for you
so I drop the feathers
and make another journey
for another gift . . . .

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