ben still


Biodiversity Heritage Library

Head to expose

only after a thorough comparison
of clutch and diet,
with meager fruit and seed
regimens avoided

              (before I attempt a change of nest)

°      °      °

with what deliberation
do you deposit food
deep into my nestling throat
              (what is your behavior, my foster parents)

do I call out or contort
my head to expose
my hunger to wide open view
              (what is the way I beg for help)

              (am I forgiven for this necessity)

Originally appeared in Salamander Magazine #47.


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