SUICIDE BIRD by Dave Roskos


birds bash their brains
on the curb,
lift & smash their beaks
into the concrete,
& fall over
onto their bird backs
with their bird feet
in the air,
little X’s on their eyes.
I shuffle through them
on my way out
in the morning,
kick them tin cans,
their feathery bodies
flying through the air.

suicide birds
with bashed in brains
suicide birds
feel no pain

suicide bird
& i don’t care
suicide bird
with mussed up hair

suicide bird
nada care in the world
suicide bird
impaled on a sword

— Dave Roskos