MARCHING ORDERS

TODAY IS DECEMBER ’21

THE SAME RITUAL EVERY YEAR

IT IS DECEMBER

YOUNG BROWN SWAN

BEING KICKED OUT

HE WON’T LEAVE

HIS COMFORT IS YESTERDAY

HE HAS TO GO

NO MUSIC CHARTS HIS GOING

BITTEN

PUSHED

ROARS FROM HIS PARENTS

SKID ADLE

GO

DON’T COME BACK

WE LOVED YOU YESTERDAY

YESTERDAY IS NOT TODAY

THIS DOOR IS CLOSED

BOLTED

WREN

I MET A WREN

STRETCHED OUT ON THE ROAD

CAUGHT IN AN UNGUARDED MOMENT

TAKEN OUT BY A CAR

IMMEDIATELY QUENCHING ITS RASPING

SMALLEST OF ALL BIRDS

PROTECTOR OF THE WOODS

LIES ON THE GROUND

LIFELESS

I MOURN ITS PASSING