Poetry: A Bird in Blue by Meghan Kemp-Gee

We love the daring of a condensed poem, and Meghan Kemp-Gee’s “A Bird in Blue” is condensed yet complex. Its sharp turns convey transformation, opening a world inside its ten lines.

A Bird in Blue

On the wire, one says, I’m tired of watching
the wheat and road for predators, for food
thrown out of cars. Instead I’m looking up,
I’m proud and dark and sharp against the sky
too blue to be dawn. It must be twilight,
must be the day when you fly home and find
me changed, not a bird at all, resentful,
unforgiving and unwinged, bird or no
bird, a shadow among others blooming
like disappointment out of the black wire.




Meghan Kemp-Gee

Meghan Kemp-Gee lives between Vancouver BC and Fredericton NB. She writes poetry, comics, and scripts of all kinds. Her debut poetry collection, The Animal in the Room, is forthcoming in Spring 2023. She also co-created Contested Strip, the world’s best comic about ultimate frisbee. Find her on Twitter @MadMollGreen.

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