The Last Bird Sings. . .
They said the pressures were such
that would have put a pipe fitter
under the foundation. . .
I, naive, thought when I heard
that she would not know
she was between waxed sheets
under a hot iron thought
they talked of you. . .
And I, obviously impaired of intelligence,
continued to listen to your tales
of woe and wondered
how you kept your sanity. . .
How did you do it. . .
and still found the joy in the antics
of people devoid of reason?
Aahhh, that is the secret
of vengeance is mine
saith the Lord. . . .
I will put joy, He said, in the laughter
of her who comes to your door. . .
and exuberance in the attitude of you
whom I call on to work in the vineyards,
you, whose body cannot
tolerate the taste of the vine. . . .
And I will put the song
in The Last Bird who will have
full knowledge of the song he sings. . . .
artwork by Claudia Hallissey
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