by Ella Anderson, from St. Michael’s Collegiate
Tear shaped head,
like a wonky pink flame
on a feathered rope of neck.
ruffled by brittle breezes.
dipped in black paint at the tip.
like the hot, pink cheeks of a toddler.
Reedy, gnarled legs,
the scraggly top branches of an ancient tree,
knotted underneath its belly.
Long, wrinkled toes,
combing through blooming clouds of sand.
a flurry of feathers.