the birds were next to gain intelligence
their feathers had fallen
except for a patch on their enlarged heads
and down under their wings

they took to wearing skins of animals
but continued to walk upright
to waddle the streets of earthen cities
when they started to speak
they lost the gift of song

of course
not all birds evolved this way
some continued much as now
and were called angels

bird science excavated our future
and found our bones
they diagramed our anatomies
and copied our forms
parliaments imposed taxes

worms were no longer a staple
three chambers could not get enough
blood to the brain: jealousy
emptied the skies

First published: Blood Lotus. Stacia Fleegal, ed. (Jan 2009) Web. <https://issuu.com/bloodlotus/docs/bl-11>


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