Words Like Birds

203461_1043105893_7925013_n_biggerby Joshua Converse05 Jul 2013

Words, like birds,
swooping sure
or trembling delicate,
to decorate a mind's drab room,
caged and codified in dusty dictionaries,
Tamed and taught to report,
or hanging at the edge of
against a darkened skyline.
Words, like birds,
cruel enough to circle the dying
hungry enough to pick at the
eyes of the dead.
And Silence
the arrow that brings them down.