birds in the ribs


it turns out
there were a thousand tiny birds
living in my rib cage

some kind of cosmic mix-up
at the factory

somewhere there’s a birdcage
you don’t want to think about

but so anyway
one day my rib cage
cracked open
in (honestly) a not unpleasant way
like opening a jewelry box

and these birds in my rib cage
burst out and away in furious, ecstatic conversation.

No me was harmed in this,
I unfolded in an impossible way
released the flock
and folded back softly
like building a layer cake of flesh.

the birds now reside in a huge bird tenement
a giant bushy tree that hosts
twice daily vociferous debates
dawn and dusk
an explosion of bird talk
about what it’s like to be free


One Response to “birds in the ribs”

  1. […] the Seventh issue of Corvus Magazine launching May 1st.  Corvus was kind enough to publish “birds in the ribs” last year in their issue Five. What stellar taste they have! […]

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