Ibex

United States

Christian
as in Presbyterian Church in America
Female
Writer
Novelist
Poet!
Reader
Ambivert or something
Band nerd + Drum Major
Planet Earth nerd
etc, etc
Joined September 10, 2019

Message from Writer

Sometimes I tell stories. Most of the time I rattle my soul until I break and my heart spills out onto the page.

"I cannot jump the distance. You'll have to toss me!"--Gimli, LOTR

I am a complete nerd. I got the Ring of Power for my birthday.

Book recommendations:
The Oath--Frank E. Peretti
Lord of the Rings--J.R.R. Tolkien

Song recommendation: "Awake" by Beckah Shae

I'm going to meet the King someday!
And I'm super pumped!

passenger pigeons

May 9, 2020

FREE WRITING

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text messages don’t suit me.
if we still had passenger pigeons
i would send folded notes on
the backs of winged creatures,
feathers gleaming in golden sunlight as
they'd spiral upwards into a cerulean sky.
i would wait anxiously for a reply,
sit by the window and watch
day and night
for a flurry of feathers,
a letter gripped desperately in my bird’s
silver beak. i would tear open envelopes
marked with handwriting of all designs,
straight and slanted, curled and swirled.
i would recognize these as the rounded
lettering of a friend, and those as the
slanted cursive of a grandmother. i
would send correspondences at dawn
and wait for my pigeon’s return by night.
i would write with ink and a quill pen on
parchment yellowed with age.
i would dream of seeing my loved ones’
faces not covered by homemade masks
in an age when we would no longer limit
our visitations to passing
moments on a sidewalk in town or a
virtual meeting. we would write to one another
every day, our laughter reflected by
the slants and swirls of our handwriting.
but there are no passenger pigeons,
no letters sent by old friends.
there is only a deep sorrow
piercing our broken hearts.
we shed tears for the losses,
for the bodies infected,
for the shortage of morgue carts.
some days i look upwards at the sky,
searching between clouds,
awaiting the passenger pigeon
that will bring me good news.

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3 Comments
  • Anne Blackwood

    This is so good!! I read it to my mom, and she liked it too.


    10 months ago
  • Kayden

    This is so charming yet so sad at the same time. I feel like this would make a really good song. I love the way you tied it all together with that last line. Brilliantly done!


    10 months ago
  • musiphant

    I love this! And I really want to send letters by pigeon too! The rhythm of this is so cool and it was really amazing how you connected it to the crisis.


    10 months ago