Bird Watching

The honest pigeon feels sick in the morning,
the news unhappy, head aching from the night

before, awoken by what at first felt like joy
but turned into dread as soon as it bubbled up

from that unappreciated darkness where
she was used. The forgotten canary can

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Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared most recently in New World Writing, Gargoyle, Fifth Wednesday, Prick of the Spindle, Per Contra, and Pif. Years ago, story of mine appeared in Appalachian Heritage. Her chapbook Turning Inside Out won the Black River Prize at Black Lawrence Press, and her chapbook The Way You Will Go is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

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