birds singing

By Anna Strosser, age 17
birds singing Hello! I’m Anna Strosser and am currently a junior at Danbury High School. I’ve been writing creatively since the third grade when my Aunt Jill gave me an “Adventure Journal” to document my not-so-eventful eight-year-old days. I love dogs, nature (conditionally), complaining about standardized testing, and sleep (unconditionally). I especially love poetry, although I see all writing as equally magnificent art. Lastly, I have an amazing family that I am endlessly grateful for.

“the birds sighed your stolen song most begrudgingly right after you left

To kiss another’s cheek”

  

the birds sang your song best when I first fell into you

When you first tickled my palm

On those warm july mornings

 

the serum of their melody

like cough syrup

dwindling down the cavity of my chasm

–– oh!

what a hymn!

the climax of something

of everything

of the in between

of the organ as the keys quake my small steeple

Slicing away at the foundation

I thank god

For his divine intervention that brought your song to me

as I scratch at your hand

trying to get used to the elevation

 

the birds sighed your stolen song most begrudgingly right after you left

To kiss another’s cheek

On those icy December mornings

like Satan himself

whispering velvet into my ear about how you’re not here

licking mocks of your blessings on my wrist

–– ah!

it’s blasphemy

the kiss of sweet sacrilege

molten saliva dripping down my jaw

all around me is black

except for your old tee shirt ––

as my stars

–– but you’re lightyears away with a galaxy named after a different sun

 

the birds still sing your beaten-up song

When she broke your heart

And you flew back to me

But I grew tired of hearing it

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