what holds (us
by Daniela Elza
as a child I would hear them at dawn in my bed on the eighth floor (imagine them) all huddled around chimneys and TV antennas in a chorus high above the winter city. at such a tend.er time I could even hear them through the thinning walls of dreams just before the first high heels clatter onto the morning pavement.
we weave our destinies daily with a scream and a rattle a whine and a coo a caw and a cackle. among the city’s n.eon signs humming homing us in. crooning from warm beds from cedar lined nests cradling speckled eggs. when we chopped the trees down and offered you dumpsters to dive in back alleys to raise your young what do you choose to line your nests with?
they perch behind my ear. nest there in my hair. their carrion breath permeates the spaces between. temples full of r e s t l e s s wings. the place turns so b.lack I could mistake it for :grief:
“All the words, all the silences disguised
as words, adrift between us and the unsaid.”
I hear the black charred voice of all the words from the c r o w ns of trees it is here among all the silences disguised as words that one raven speaks among many crows. only the water a.drift between us reflects as we cross everyday back and forth from the city (its skyline call.igraphy) to perch in the st.ark branches of memory and the unsaid w.here we are blind. * yet in between is where (we float our meaning.
from this far from this end of the field p.ages flutter into memory ) ) ) with my eyes half closed even the gallows looks (as if it has always been t.here. crows take turns passing on sharp- eyed secrets. the letters— faceless. ink caught heavy in the mind’s gravity. named crows turning white. as black snow falls on deaf ears.
Daniela Elza (blog) has written with and around crows for more than a decade. The crows remain a mystery to her. She know, for sure, they have a lot to say. She has decided to put them in a book and let them sort it out. Daniela’s work has been published in over 42 print, online, and peer-reviewed publications. Daniela is the recipient of this year’s Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award.