letter to a broken dove

Our linen closet is full

of wingless birds.

 

What you call a cloud, I call desperation.

 

Put away the thesaurus—

failure, death, defeat

—the only word for loss is loss.

 

And when that word appears

between us, it’s the blank sky

of wingless birds we’ve kept hidden.

 

I will care for them until they all have died.

And I will bury them.

 

You will bury the tomorrows easier than I will.

 

You will walk into the world and see nourishment

where I see slaughter.

 

I will undress at night and try to rebuild the nest.

 

There is simply no perfect way to say this.

I have been writing this letter for days.

Published online March 10 2008.


The Jilted Issue cover image

This piece was published in ‘The Jilted Issue,’ the Spring 2008 issue of CV2.

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