This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Erika Eckart, is from Love Songs from the End of the World by Katherine Riegel, released by The Mainstreet Rag in 2019.
When a kingfisher dies, I fall
into dark water, my feathered heart
dwindling down to ash; and part of me
wants to burn down
the human world until every
last one of us is dead
so the animals
can be safe at last.
Who am I
to rage so, when I am
also the hunter
in his body,
a furred thing, cowering?
Oh, my fellow criminals,
let it be the end
of this play. Let’s take off our human suits
and scamper off on our paws
before the songless morning comes.
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