Unfinished Bird

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Written by Cassandra V. Chopourian & band

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Immediate starscape—
clinking baseboard heat, dripping
invisible eaves on this
blinding, thirty-nine-degree day.

Afternoon light wanes upward
around our capsule,
which rolls through space

through space and possibility
through space and possibility
through space and possibility
of late snow.

Nothing moves but drops from the gutter,
red cardinal on wrought table,
walking on thick, soft ice.

We are flying away
We are flying away
We are flying away
We are flying away

from a thirty-five-year-old world r
ecedes to a pin head,
pinched out and relativity with it.

You enormous moon I orbit
You enormous moon I orbit
and around me, unfinished bird,
and around me, unfinished bird,

Moving between countless snowy mountains
with small, sharp scapulas,
budding wings,
fear of flight.
fear of flight.

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from Unfinished Bird, released November 16, 2016

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