Requiem for a Nest ~ Wanda Coleman (National Poetry Month, Day 3)


the winged thang built her dream palace
amid the fine green eyes of a sheltering bough
she did not know it was urban turf
disguised as serenely delusional rural
nor did she know the neighborhood was rife
with slant-mawed felines and those long-taloned
swoopers of prey, she was ignorant of the acidity & oil
that slowly polluted the earth, and was never
to detect the serpent coiled one strong limb below

following her nature she flitted and dove
for whatever blades twigs and mud
could be found under the humming blue
and created a hatchery for her spawn
not knowing all were doomed

 

Excerpted from Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry

 

~ by Tichaona Munhamo on April 3, 2013.

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