#NaPoWriMo Entry #10: “Feather Skies”

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Hooray for poems about birds!  Nature rocks.

Today’s poem was inspired by the following:

Brownie points for anyone who can figure out what kind of bird that is…
Here’s the poem:

“Feather Skies”

The warbling Northern Mockingbird
chirps a stranger’s tune,
acid words spilling from his beak:
“HUMAN…Human…human…safe!”

Others announce my arrival in turn,
turning their beaks to the side
so their blackberry eyes
can see the world beneath their wings.
“human…Human…HUMAN!”
I watch them, curious at their undying attention,
like the reverse end of a lover’s coin.
“Human…human…safe!”

Who am I to these air sirens?
Who do I become in their eyes?
“Move away…Move away…Move away now…”
There, the mother hen clucking her little orders;
There, the little whisper of the Earth mother
serenading the world with wild harmonies.
“human…Human…HUMAN!”

I look in their beads of ethereal visions
and see myself reflected as if by an ocean.
“Human…human…safe!”
And in that moment, I see myself,
the bird man waiting to fly
on skies of upturned buckets,
toes wriggling in the fog where feathers play.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

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