Your Language

Is it your desire to destroy
the sleeping city tucked away
beneath the mockingbird’s broken wing?

There are not just mouths.
There are not just eyes and thighs
who sleep inside.

Swallows get swallowed.
Doves keep Peace locked tight and safe
inside their tiny iron hearts.
Crows attack the sky with glassy-eyed

The mockingbird tries to fly
and the city falls
awake with the weight
of your desire.

There are not just wishes and dreams.
There are not just people
who love the names
your language will not allow.

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Jessica Halsey was born in Arkansas and has lived most of her life in the United States and Panama. She earned a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Would you like to know more?

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