When one escapes the language
and frees the screaming bird,
perches above letters rising,
there is little she needs to say.
This poem was written for the surprise ekphrastic challenge on birds.
John Riley lives in North Carolina, where he works in educational publishing. His fiction and poetry have appeared in several print and electronic journals, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Connotation Press, Willows Wept Review, Loch Raven Review, Dead Mule, and Blue Five Notebook. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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