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The Fall of the Finches

Goldfinch and Cherry Tree, c.1834

Goldfinch and Cherry Tree, c.1834

The first one flew in through the chimney,
spent the night in the house, hurling himself
at the kitchen windows in the early fractured light.

The next one, had a trace of yellow by her belly.
Trapped herself within the screened in porch, while
the puppy played fetch with her feathered body.

The little bird played dead in an empty water bowl,
I gently rolled her body into the strawberry planter,
before she flew, unscathed, away.

Yellow tells me she is male, but I cannot accept this,
her actions much too like my own.  She waited
patiently, and then she was gone.



Author’s Bio:

Allison Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas International MFA program. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in STILL, Broken Bridge Review, The Georgetown Review, Tiger’s Eye, hotmetalpress and others. Her article “through the beautiful red: The Use of the Color Red as the Triple-Goddess in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel” was published in Plath Profiles, 2010. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two dogs. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Lynchburg College.

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