April 30, 2014
The Thirteenth Blackbird

I should have left the sesame seed I dropped

on the floor. Let birds fly in through the hole

in my roof to get it. The hole I love to watch the rain

rain through. A blackbird visited this morning, wanting

scones and oolong tea. Stinking the sick breath

of the winos at the Blue Note around the corner.

A fortuneteller there dealt me her thirteenth card.

Said, son. Come live with art. But one by one,

the artists and musicians are dying. They die

and they turn into birds. Shadows with black feathers.

Their lives becoming more remarkable than mine.


-Jeffrey Owen Pearson (Delaware County)


Jeffrey Owen Pearson

Jeffrey Owen Pearson’s poems appear in So It Goes, Reckless Writing Anthology, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Maize. His chapbook Hawaii Slides was published by Pudding House Publications. A member of the Midwest Writers Workshop, he lives in Muncie.

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