We Can’t Escape the Fact That We’re Not Enough for Each Other

Brambling, bullfinch, chaffinch, crossbill,
goldfinch, greenfinch, hawfinch, redpoll ?

a new edge between us scissors
through air, routing music
            from throats, birds from perches.

They spill, forming
flurries like snow but
            tough as flint

and I feel every atom of
their shifting,
            flickering wingbeats.

Nightjar, nuthatch, dipper, pipit,
woodlark shorelark, skylark, swallow ?

I had birds once.

            I let them go.

from Kitsune (Cinnamon Press, 2015), ? Jane McKie 2015, used by permission of the author

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