A Raven, 1871

After a photograph by Terry Evans

Taxidermist’s artworks, corsages,
lie in a hatbox.

Horrible beauty of talons
and shiny thorn beaks.

Loosened petal-fronds
release hues of night.

Stiff quills disassemble
and collapse into absence

as an underground seam
of darkness rises.

published by: seveneightfive poetry collection
published by: April 2008

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