Poetry – Issue 5 | June 2009
Letter Written on a Paper Crane
by Dave Rowley
The world is worsening.
This bird has been carefully crafted
from the last sheet of paper
in my notebook. She cannot fly.
I know this, but am relying on wind
and good luck, hoping she will be carried
toward people who can help. Clouds live
between me and the horizon, and the streets
are too quiet. Did something happen? Warm birds
are rare here, they fell from the trees weeks ago.
I’m sending my paper crane in search of life, though
I doubt you can come. Please care
for the bird even though she cannot sing.
To compensate for this I sang while making her—
each crease contains one song. If you come,
you will know when you find me; my house
has a light on. Please bring paper.
About the author
Dave Rowley is originally from Sydney, Australia. He now lives in Seattle with his wife Tina and their son Finn. Dave’s poems have been previously published in Mimesis, Juked, and Stirring, a fact that utterly fails to impress Finn.
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The Country by Tonya Ingram
Nocturne by Athena Kildegaard
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Following Belle-Mère by Sarah Lawrence
For You, Good Price by Christopher Locke
Give and Take by Beth McDermott
De Profundis by Rick Mullin
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Dead Reckoning by M. R. Smith
Never Never Land by Wendy Vardaman