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  • Writer's pictureJean Linville

Sterna hirundo


September 13 - September 17


a beautiful tern

alone on the beach

graceful life aloft interrupted

right wing broken, injured leg

a few flapping hops

rest, falter, rest

settling in beneath a

wave-tossed log

to face the sea

as the light fades

from its eyes


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Bethe Hagens
Bethe Hagens
Sep 18, 2021

I'm crying

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Bethe Hagens
Sep 18, 2021
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The bird seemed at peace with the universe. I could almost feel as if I were inside that body dying with it. I wonder if it is possible to do anymore. Being tossed off a boat at sea has zero hold on me. Closing my eyes does.


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