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©2018 Barren Magazine. An Alt.Lit Introspective.

Ghosts of Birds

by Jack B. Bedell

—Antieau Gallery, NOLA

So few bones amongst the stars

they are like stars themselves

floating against dark sky,

their flight peaceful,


buoyant, featherless.

What could live sparrows do to have us

honor their dead


lasso our faces with soft rope,

tilt our gaze toward

an endless stream of hollow

bones overhead, force us to look away

from hard earth that blooms

all the way up to the nape

of our necks?

Header photograph © Jason D. Ramsey.

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