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My Head by TJ Wilkshire
I know you are picking your feathers,
hurting like hell, warbling a lonely song.
Chainsaw screeches waft through gum leaves.
The pool is half-full but spring has only just landed,
nesting in the corners of bricks
and sticking to timber floors.
We are magpies together; common, suburban.
Our legs are black: yours stained from birth,
mine blackened by ink. Brown eyes, blue eyes.
We are shy but not together and so
our banter sings, carolling like summer storms.
You have left though your body still lingers, hollowed
with a twig still clenched in your beak.
I call for you, from my nest, for fourteen days
but your absence makes you deaf like addiction
and now I’m hurting like hell, like last year.
We dip aggressively in and out of days, swooping comfort.
Our monochrome colours making Mondrian marks on our skin.