Magpie

July 15, 2018

 

Magpie

by Susannah Violette

 


I dream of magpie
an oil slick in snow
dark sky and moonlight

 

her brittle nest lined
with ruddy fox fur
late summer grass
and rabbit
- whose bones make a cradle
for one egg

 

inside the egg


I guess


she laid her diamonds
cubic zirconia, broken glass
all the same under nights
- orange street lights

 

the rings on her clawed feet
also dangle from twigs,
like discarded ring-pulls

 

earrings make her an indian queen
her beak-nose shimmy shakes

she caw-caws

 

and
her throat rattled bangles
she was a bird-tambourine

 

I feed her bread and cinnamon buns
she pays me in rubies

 



 

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Top photo cred: Natasha Miller, Unsplash.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susannah Violette is an artist, silversmith, musician and poet and lives in the endless forests of Germany with her husband and two daughters.

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