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Ever make mistakes in life?
Let’s make them birds. Yeah, they’re birds now
– Bob Ross
Put a bird on it!
craggy mountains rippling lakes birds birds birds
lilac on my pale arms
where the fat grew in
after depression receded
___________________________________________________________________________fortune cookie factory girl
___________________________________________________________________________snowy streets grey sky over Morgan Ave
___________________________________________________________________________“gentrifuckwick” in spraypaint vs.
___________________________________________________________________________#bourgewick on my insta
__________________________________cream thread on a black see-through dress
__________________________________people picnicking and birds birds birds
__________________________________in exchange for a haggled silver tea kettle on a shelf
__________________________________drugged cobras bobbing out of baskets
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Megan Heise is a writer and teacher based in Western Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and is currently working towards a PhD in Composition and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the chapbook Quasar #6, and her recent work has appeared in South Broadway Ghost Society, Curating Alexandria, and Writing Utopia.
featured photo “Birds” by Katharine Betteridge