Little birds of prey
flee the nest too early.
Confused, their flight is crooked
like the cage they just escaped from.
The moon, helpless, hides behind
a veil of sky, where stars stare in disbelief,
waiting for good-byes that are never spoken
for fear of the awakening sun.
Their flight forms a mosaic pattern of
mismatched colours, bleeding together
like gouache that is over saturated by water.
Their image threatened to be washed away.
Little tired wings, flutter, torn and bent drift
over unsteady waves that hunger for their souls.
Neptune hears their cry and scolds the gluttonous sea.
He wants to save them and he offers them atonement.
He strips them of their tired feathers
replacing them with fins calling to those children,
“Now you are able to swim.” Their empty shells
left a drift, like snake skins on the sand
and off they dive mermaids, unbridled by any land.
By TAK Erzinger
TAK Erzinger is an American Swiss poet. She is also an English teacher. Her poetry is greatly influenced by all that has surrounded her past to present. At the end of 2016 she had a nervous break-down and was diagnosed with a burn-out due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Nature, writing and art have accompanied her through the recovery process. It is the imagery of nature and the mundane activities of everyday life that feature prominently in her poems. The themes in her poetry touch upon varying degrees of loss, forgiveness and healing, as well as some social commentary of the 21st century.