a nuthatch creeps up my spine

starlings shatter in my mind

sparrows dust my shoulders

swallows bow my tendons

a heron unlatches its slate umbrella

a peregrine slips into my chest
a spade into snow

the tattered gargoyle of a cormorant
keeps watch over the tides

a kingfisher re-surfaces
stained by the rust from the riverbed

echoing each other
two tawny owls armoured in autumn

phantom hummingbirds sips from my weeping cuts

the smoke of pink
in the storm of a pigeons ruff

chipped from the sky
the electric blue in the wings of a Jay

a shower of firecrests
sparks through the branches of my lungs

the flutter of feathers
fire in the throat

a skylark spills its praise over an abandoned field

a wren buzzes in each chamber of my heart

a swan unfurls from the dark

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