Wings of a Crow

from by Frank Gayer Martin

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Wings of a Crow
©1997 Frank G. Martin

These pilgrims scorn me, throwing bread and fruit
Not a twitch I give them, imprisoned in a chicken coup
Are they bitter about the money or the long wait in line
To pity one, an angel, and spit the nails of a lifetime

Time doesn't matter
And I'm old enough to know
As I rise up unsteady
On the wings of a crow

The woman thought she knew and had seen my kind before
But to see her lover fallen, she kill what she adore
And the family calculated there was money to be made
Should I thank them for my refuge, thank them for my cage


Inside my tattered pockets
Balled in the fists of my hands
Behind my breast barely beating
My skin cold, pale and damp
My anger lies sleeping
A tempest cloaked in black
Broken and enormous
Like the wings on my back


from Blue on Blue on Blue, released April 1, 2017



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