poetry by j matthew waters

answering the false call

sirens sounded
the crows & ravens took off from their stations
carrying messages of survival in their dna

one arrived on my fence post
half a day after the warning
sturdy & stoic & talking in a language
only I would understand

of course he arrived prematurely
this much he knew
for the skies became more colorful
allowing me to admire the varying
degrees of darkness in his wings

within the hour he departed on his
own accord
probably to where the water was rising
leaving me to my one device
and my mixed emotions

september two thousand twenty-one
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2 thoughts on “answering the false call

  1. I have always felt the inherent dangers lurking when warnings from our feathered friends are ignored, Jdub. xx

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