Birdwolf is a new year-long project authored by the collective Entropy community. It is a collaborative online epic poem written by the Entropy community on a weekly basis. A different author will write the next stanza or section of the poem each week, to be posted every Tuesday, following the previous post from the previous week, and following a very limited set of guidelines (that each author has one week to write the next piece after the previous week’s installment goes up, that the installment should build from the previous section’s content and form, and that contributions should range between 8 and 24 lines or be a visual work).
Follow the entire epic poem here: Birdwolf.
The thirty-first installment is presented this week by Kenyatta JP Garcia.
a single flower come formed from
single mother earth
a child no one else could be
the child none could bare, strip, make more naked
than the petals already were
beside the bus stop –
whiling away / waiting on divorced dad –
a weed, perhaps, but a spot of yellow within the decay
of the corner could do the ‘hood no harm.
but what happens to a baby / a body whose only bloom is silence?
what happens to an offering for those who are still between the here and go /
caught up in the gaps of travel?
a single flower, a child, a voice erased from the start
a face for the sun even in the shade
of the loom of lines woven from bachelor pads and happy homes alike
soft alongside the glass and still waters sunken into the cracks.
how green are fields or a neighbor’s yard anyways?
Kenyatta JP Garcia is a poet/humorist living in Albany, NY. They are the author of This Sentimental Education, ROBOT, and Yawning on the Sands. Their work has appeared in Brooklyn Rail, EOAGH, Glitter Mob and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. They were an assistant editor at Horse Less Review and they occasionally blog at kjpgarcia.wordpress.com.