Winged Creatures & Sun-Catchers


for Alexandra & Maya

"Stop stealing children," my sister said to me

as she saw yet another in my arms

You'd have to know me to understand

These two little ones, they crawl around on the carpet

Alex, she tries to eat the sun

mouth to the ground

It catches her foot in light instead

Eyes watch in wonder

still for a moment,

she is the sun.

The other, she flaps her wings

Fly Maya, fly

A shriek and a giggle

the human penguin discovers gravity

Refusing to believe its existence

she heads again for the sky


the winged creature crashes

into the sun-catcher

and there is a tangle of sky and sun and birds

right in the middle of the living room.

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