“Never, ever kill the Ghoulbird.”
Coiled, cold lights drowse through the night.
The backbone of the dragon
Is the river of heaven
And the spiral labyrinth,
Hungry monster for a heart,
The plumed serpent, the typhoon,
And just an ordinary
Galaxy in a cosmos
Swimming with them. All of that.
To our eyes it looks the same
Or similar at all scales,
In each black and shining scale.
How clever of us to guess
We could make stories of this.
We’re lusty nestlings cheeping
In our nest on a high branch
Of a great tree on a cliff,
And when we’re not just screaming
For regurgitated flesh
Or leveraging ourselves,
The better to shove siblings
Over the edge to find death,
We’re blinking, chirping softly
To the branches overhead.
We don’t know why we do this.
We don’t know what our songs mean.
We sing nightly anyway,
Making up stories of home,
Melodic names. Arima.
Our mountains, our trees, our nest.
We love when day blinds the stars,
And we dream of taking flight,
But we were hatched by monsters
And sing sweetest to the night.