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Hummingbird Corpse

something

adorable

and dead

but first it's a mirage


stupid trinket from a happy

meal

fishing lure or

barette


once alive though

a miniscule history

in the sunlight right now

don't look


too long or

it'll be weird

small

and once-alive-though


strange and perfect

so secret

it has prettiness

all alone


in its little

death

silvery down

and colors you only


see

in jewelry catalogs

a tiny beak

like a parenthesis


letting us in on

what it once was

so much beautiful

ambition and energy


flower

to

flower

like gossip


on display

a secrecy

in its tiny

plumage


i don't know what

beauty is

most of the time

confused by


everything

and everybody

going on and on

about everything


but right now

it's this

hummingbird corpse

on the sidewalk


july 25

2020

5:36

pm



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