Remember when Isla and I wandered around the promenade in the crystal rain?
Of course you don’t, we were the only ones alive that day.
We found a sliver of moss-covered glass,
Isla pretended it was a sword, whipping it through the tinkling droplets.
She danced in the empty fountain, engaged in other flights of fancy,
Wondering aloud if she were too old for such displays.
I set about to ease her mind, ended up convincing her to stop.
We ate fruit and laughed at birds,
Never expecting how personally those fowl would take our jests.
They swarmed and bobbed, eyes round and wide and attentive,
Hopping ever closer and we clutched at each other.
Fragile rose beads shattered into spun sugar granules on the black backs,
On the pink beaks, on the crests always moving, moving.
Is there anything worse than splashed crimson red over pink?
Bloody gums, sucking wounds, flecked and unblinking yellow eyes.
Tiny bones crackled under our fleeing feet, stamping songs,
Fans of tight wings battering future nightmares
And the pecks and claws sizzling with insistent rhythms
Saying, Get Away Get Away Get Away Get Away.