The sky has never forgiven you
for your blackness

when you fly
inside the backdrop of night
I am the only one who sees you

you claw your way
into my dreams
but I cannot
find you in the morning

your beak weighs heavy
on the ruined dusk
I hear your guttural call
when I am running
down to the dry river bed

I remember the same way
you flew over me
when I was running away
in second grade

how you knew my mother
would find me
how you have
pulled away at the skin
of my regret

years have passed and still
you land at random
on the uneven fence
of silence

always helping me
to understand
what it means to
live as the heretic

to realize
there is no contrition
in the fading light

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CONNIE POST served as Poet Laureate of Livermore, California (2005 to 2009). Her work has appeared in Calyx, One, River Styx, Slipstream, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Slippery Elm, The Pedestal Magazine, and Verse Daily. Her Awards include the 2018 Liakoura Award the 2016 Crab Creek Review Poetry Award the Caesura award and second place in the Jack Kerouac poetry award. Her Chapbook “And When the Sun Drops” received the Aurorean’s Editor’s Chapbook Award Her first full length Book “Floodwater” (Glass Lyre Press 2014) won the Lyrebird Award. Her second full length book (also from Glass Lyre Press) “Prime Meridian “was released in January 2020. About this book, Juan Herrera says,” We need this wisdom book, clear elixirs from the Source.” Connie serves as the historian for the California Poets Laureate and keeps a record of all the Poets Laureate in the each city, county and state. She sees community as vital sustenance for the poetry community.

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