Dragonfly: Any of various large insects of the order Odonata or suborder Anisoptera, having a long slender body and two pairs of narrow, net-veined wings that are usually held outstretched while the insect is at rest. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk.
Poetry: The art or work of a poet.
Prolixity: Excessive wordiness in speech or writing; longwindedness
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Panic of Birds By Olena Kalytiak Davis
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The Panic of Birds
By Olena Kalytiak Davis
The moon is sick of pulling at the river, and the river fed up with swallowing the rain, So, in my lukewarm coffee, in the bathroom mirror, there’s a restlessness as black as a raven. Landing heavily on the quiet lines of this house. Again, the sun takes cover and the morning is dead tired of itself, already, it’s pelting and windy as I lean into the pane that proves this world is a cold smooth place.
Wind against window—let the words fight it out— as I try to remember: What is it that’s so late in coming? What was it I understood so well last night, so well it kissed me, sweetly on the forehead?
Wind against window and my late flowering brain, heavy, gone to seed. Pacing from room to room and in each window a different version of a framed woman unable to rest, set against a sky full of beating wings and abandoned directions. Her five chambered heart filling with the panic of birds, asking: What?