Descendant — A poem

An artfully altered photo, looking up through the interwoven crosshatch of leaves and branches of a burning bush.
“Flameless Burning Bush” — C.Birde, 7/21

She made no sound

Waited to be seen

within the flameless

burning bush

Shadow on shadow

Soot and smoke

Avian stroke of song


Each note contained

nested in gray breast

Then, as suddenly, seen

— a revelation perched

on gray-green twist

of twig.

— C.Birde, 7/21

Arthropodal Bloom — A Dream

An artfully augmented photo of peony flowers in full bloom.
“Arthropodal Bloom” — C.Birde, 7/21

No sooner

had they fallen,

that trembling sphere

of cicadas held immobile

& enmeshed in spider’s


Fallen & scattered

in arcane pattern strewn

over squares of white linen

spread over tar-papered


An arcane pattern

of gleeful arthropods

rewriting their future

as unbound individuals &


No sooner

had they fallen

into newfound freedom,

than they began,

in a grinning profusion

of pale pink petals,

to  b l o o m.

— C.Birde, 7/21

Rescue — A Dream

A stylized photo of a white tablecloth's drape.
“Under the Tablecloth” — C.Birde, 7/21

Leave them.

Leave them here,

near the white marble

countertop –

     paring knife

     sweet potato


Attend, instead,

to the anger,

the flint & spark

of charged words.


the grief & fear,

the ceaseless fall

of tears.

Follow this unhappy tide –

     jaw set

     ears attuned

     heart clenched


toward the table

spread with white cloth,

chairs pushed in

to contain that

which lies beneath,



the hand that shoots out

from this self-made cage

to grasp at calf,

at ankle…


that hand & s-q-u-e-e-z-e

until those fine,

timeworn bones protest,

the hand itself struggles

to retract…

Demand –




that he release the child

he traps beneath.

In exchange,

release your grip.


tousle-haired child

weeping against

your neck’s curve,

balanced on

your hip.

— C.Birde, 7/21