Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The moment before

There was a break-in last night and
the babies are gone. Two swallows

are panicking in their grief—clinging
to the walls, their claws like bats’

desperately checking and re-checking
the nest and hunting for new real

estate. One plucks at the rough
siding with her beak in desperation as if

an answer might emerge from a splinter
of painted wood

while the cats watch through the
window and clack their excitement

tails flicking

Rachel Westfall
July 8, 2008

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