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An iridescent grackle landed
on the red-tiled rooftop of my neighbor’s
old house. It skipped directly to the red-black
rusted eavestrough at the roof’s edge
occupied by green and yellow string-thin
convexities of grass: an overhanging
scarcely-watered turf. The bird peeked
from left to right then, dipping its head
among the grasses—a thief working under
the shroud of orange light—emerged
with something in its beak, then flew away
leaving in its wake rainbow contrails.
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Bio: Jean Pierre Nikuze is a Rwandan writer and poet. His work has appeared in Caliban Online, africasacountry, Kalahari Review, Eunoia Review, SOFTBLOW, and Entropy.