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Written by Cassandra V. Chopourian & band

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From the gap in the blackout curtains
at the mid-range hotel
a slice of light falls on your face.
Your halo is shaped like a
rapier by which you are cruelly pinned.

Your writhing reminds me
of the Easter Island Birdman glyphs
on the edge of a precipice
overlooking two thousand miles worth of water.

All that bloody worship of virtually worthless wings,
when fins would be far more useful.
And you, determined bird,
fight fight fight the conditions of your cage
ringed ringed ringed with insipid sea creatures.

In the rough shard of light, your pelagic eyes look past me
for a better escape hatch
must be seeing things

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from Unfinished Bird, released November 16, 2016

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