No birds in Palestine by m. dennis paul

No birds in Palestine

not yesterday or the day before
no form passing by windows
no glass shards catching light

no birds in Palestine
nests fractured and fallen
crushed under eaves now on ground

no birds in Palestine
no trees for hiding in nor poles to rest
for all have fallen down

no birds in Palestine

not yesterday or the day before
no breath in acrid smoke and dust
no birds caress the breeze

no singing to each other
no nurturing of young nor mourning
no bodies have yet been found

no birds in Palestine

not yesterday or the day before
no rustling in the attic
no dancing on roofs no longer there

no crumbs of bread in talons grabbed
no roost to bring crumbs to
no water to wash crumbs down

no birds in Palestine

not yesterday or the day before
no feathers nor blood
no ashen outlines can be found

no birds in Palestine
no birds in Palestine
no birds in Palestine

not yesterday or the day before
and none so far today
will birds ever return to Palestine

they will if I have my way

By m.dennis paul

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