when no one is watching

©2022 Michael Raven

when no one is watching
i take this mantle of
battered, old feathers 
drape it over my shoulders
paint my eyes kohl
& fly over the city
where no one can see me
in nightsky ebony

crisp air razorsharp
my closed-eyed face
i wish you could follow

it is impossible

crow head filled
i tumble back home

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