of a pane of sun and cloud
with a faint clink of hollow bones.
Bewildered black eyes.
Beak tipped with a droplet of scarlet.
A grounding paralysis
that once graced azure skies,
a grounding paralysis
and a fuzzy awareness
of the muffled patter
of mittened paws.
Copyright © Fern G. Z. Carr. Originally published in Pasque Petals (Fall 2015), also appears in Shards of Crystal (Silver Bow Publishing, 2018).
Fern G. Z. Carr is a former lawyer, teacher and past President of both the local branch of the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Project Literacy Kelowna Society. A member of the Federation of BC Writers and full member of the League of Canadian Poets, this Pushcart Prize nominee composes poetry in six languages including Mandarin. Carr has been published extensively from Finland to Mauritius and has had her work recognized by the Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Her debut poetry collection, Shards of Crystal, was released by Silver Bow Publishing in 2018. Carr is thrilled to have one of her poems currently orbiting the planet Mars aboard NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Find Fern on Twitter @FernGZCarr. www.ferngzcarr.com