The Twittering Machine
don’t be ashamed,
that’s your family calling for you
this is the nest you never wanted to think about
having to go back to
this is the place that reminds you how things
should be, but also how they aren’t
the screaming of the birds, the young,
you created them,
in this other world that might have been
they’re out there in the cold and freezing night
left alone with her
and you know how that goes,
which is why they hate you
without knowing you
without ever having spoken to you
without ever having been born
This poem was written as part of the surprise ekphrastic challenge on birds.
Garth Ferrante is a complete unknown who teaches, writes, and makes games out of challenging his own creativity. He writes because he loves to, because he finds meaning and purpose in it, because if he didn’t, life would be lifeless.
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