“The Jericho Bird”

The Jericho bird is bleeding—
the saddest line I have ever written.
That great red bird crying

in the twilight for all
that ever was, the walls
of Babylon crashing down

around it. A storm
of reason fills its eyes,
pours out in each tear.

At the end of an era,
a bird sings
with all creation burning.

Its beauty surpasses all
affection in the last light
of a dying sun.

I cannot describe the intensity
of such a sight—
great wings beating the final air.

—first appeared in Pisgah Review, 2010

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