Simple animals

Before he flew away,

I asked about love and death,

since that’s all we are-

such simple animals

It didn’t seem odd to us,

a woman and a bird

conversing about such things;

we know of flight and loss

He said I was silly

to even ask;

whatever answer he’d manage

wouldn’t be enough

He gave me allegories

about boxes and tethers,

saying the trick is to find rest

inside the tender trap

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