The Starling, by Taunja Thomson
Cut-out comic strips rainy afternoon squiggles smears of lipstick
photos with marker-blackened faces stray feathers
I have given up these shreds and shards
these puzzles pieces these fragments
of finger pointing
self-guided self-aimed missiles
missives on my failures.
Instead I will unite them quilt a bird
with a humour-lined face
a wingful of white-hot sun
a body coloured with waterfall-
and opal eyes whose lustre
shifts between twilit forest
midday ocean desert sky
devoured by stars.
The canvas opens to catch my starling
fling it out to corners splash it in the centre its sheen flashing purpose.
This poem was written for the 20 Poem Challenge.
Taunja Thomson: "My poetry has most recently appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic and will be featured in the September 2016 issue of Halcyon Days. Two of my poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Award: “Seahorse and Moon” in 2005 and “I Walked Out in January” in 2016. I have co-authored a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry which has recently been accepted for publication and have a writer’s page at https://www.facebook.com/TaunjaThomsonWriter"
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