for iwd 2018

why have you never flown anywhere?
asked the newly trapped parrot to the parrot shaped creature pecking lovingly at the walls of the cage.
i have not had a second,
or this is the first second i’ve had-
but still, i have not yet had a second
full and free and whole,
to think about flying
she said.

between the chirps of phrase she had to say, she usually said, she always said,
them phrases that made her the shape she is now,
and the shape she will be,
came that short moment when the cage was opened
and loose for just long enough to-

but she made no move to leave.
she did think,
for long enough to realise how long,
i haven’t even had


to think about flying

or anything else.

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