cousins*

gargoyles ©papa osmubal

gargoyles ©papa osmubal

cousins*
agnes vong

I’m a rat
running
I sniff

weary legs shuffle along in darkness
nose glued to the grassy floor
smelling food and foe

high above
my swift cousin ambles over the sky
wings almost motionless as she meanders
with the river
eyes down
our reflections meet in the water
an echo of the forest
quivering in cold moonlight

just one step
and I can reach for
the pool of shimmering stars


* from The Drunken Boat

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