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How Birds Once Flew

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posted on Jul, 6 2010 @ 01:43 AM
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How Birds Once Flew

Here sits a monster
long suspected of the sea.

The sailor's nightmare has a face--
a dodo's abject misery.

Inky beast,
half-bird, half-effigy,
its beak lies caked and open
to the crudest gravity.

But protest doesn't come.

One wonders, can its bird-brain
even settle on the crime
of cheated altitude?

For now, fresh-distanced from the sun,
it shoulders fallen sky
--a tarry-eyed monstrosity.

Improbable, this being
once held up
the miracle of flight.


Copyright 2010, Norman Ball

Sorry if it's been posted before. I felt this to be a very great, emotional, and powerful poem.

[edit on 6-7-2010 by Oozii]




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