An Absence of Origin

By | 31 July 2012
she lists endemic birds because she cannot take them home must remain satisfied with photos of the lesser sooty-owl’s knowing face midnight hues of the dusky wood swallow prehistoric majesty of emu eye to eye with her camera sorry red-throated diver sorry puffin noble pink footed goose sorry you are migrant children oh harlequin duck oh snow bunting oh artic tern you are from but not of your home collective orphans you nest are watched by the penetrative lens of tourists some who capture your image some who remember seeing you elsewhere another hemisphere an alternative continent a more likely origin



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