the birds of summer


they passed through the night:

this night,

a September night,

a failed night—

violent, cool,

loud,

unseen, unannounced;

to Mexico,

Miami,

Buenos Aires,

Curitiba,

Santiago,

Rosario,

Porto Alegre

and further.

the birds of summer:

longnecks, roughnecks,

brutes, survivors.


I heard them gliding in the dark—teasing,

mocking, moving.


I heard the great fluttering and

the perfect V.


I heard them get away,

and not much else

beyond that.

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