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i held a bird between my hands,
swallow's throat twitching in laryngeal spasms.
when i whispered gently,
lips millimeters from its ear,
'you are mine; there is nothing you can do'
it struggled, beak clicking like talon-fingernails on porcelain

i didn't mean to let it free, i swear.
it beat me back with a single shining look;
beaded gaze bruising, breaking capillaries and
bringing blood to the surface.
i would have gotten a black eye if i wasn't careful.
i wasn't.
careful, i mean. i was never careful.

with mirrored eyes i watched it fly,
wings beating in time to my heart.
my breath was a cloud of smoke,
droplets condensing in the air and
mingling with fog and foreign substances
and atmospheric debris from the
most recent vehicular excursions

it was a white day, with a white sky and
a lake of milk. i drank all of it,
particles of protein splashing onto my sunglasses.
and then i was alone:
no bird and no lake,
just an empty heart
and a stomach full of regrets and butterflies

i still wonder, sweet swallow,
if it was right to let you go.

i suppose i'll never know now, shall i?
edit: holy crap oh my god oh my god what
dfsahjkkhjdfsa thank you so much

fiction and friction


i don't know what the heck this is. it came out of my fingers without any sort of mental intervention whatsoever.

you tell me: what is this about? does the sparrow represent something? am i just spewing a load of bullshit?

(i am fascinated by thyroidal cartilage. i know, it's weird.)
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silverfleckedlullaby Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Featured here, :+favlove: for more exposure, and share the love :)
KaitForest Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   Writer
to me the sparrow represents love, or a form of freedom (personal freedom). i love it! you amazing writer/poet you.
consolecadet Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
i'm glad you love it! thank youuuuu <3
pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Writer
gosh, this is beautiful! :) :heart:
consolecadet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
thank you!
pagan-poetess Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Writer
you're very welcome! :)
scarletbird Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Student Writer
Beautiful. The use of scientific language makes me think that this is someone who is trying to hold on to something (someone?) with his head when his heart is telling him to let go. I love the sense of innocence. I love the third-to-last stanza. Very well done! :heart:
consolecadet Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
thank you!
the technical terms tend to spill over in everything i write. . .but i'm glad it had some effect instead of just sounding silly :>
scarletbird Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Writer
welcome! :)

I love them. I think they give it a really unique flavor.
consolecadet Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
hmm. . .tastes like science :>
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