from Ghost Blueprints


Elusive hornbill,
ground warbler,

songbird with
weak wings—

The ornithologist checks
his notes but won’t

find your names
listed there. Instead,

in a clearing he begins
to calculate

how much work it will take
to carve a city

out of the hills,
with compass and lawnmower.


In response to Via Negativa: Pastoral.

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