Preserving the Last Starling


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An exiled Scouser in Ireland, John’s work appears in Maine Review, Banshee, Rosebud, The Pedestal, Southword & ‘Influenced’ (Muskeg Press). Twitter: @johndavies1978.

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The bird contained
within a bone-melded cage
tries to breathe:
a bubble of air rises,
a pump slowly concertinas;
water drips steadily
as anaesthesia
into a bottomless dish.
The dangling oval glass
banishes all the bird
imagined itself before.
Fluttering it climbs,
climbs to the high perch;
nestles there in the box
made for dreaming,
and the entire cage
thrums when it sings.

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