Feathers Painted Black as Night

By Melissa Kirby


They fly in a murder 

Throughout the sky

Feathers painted black as night

Yet shimmering in the sunlight

You hear their call from far away 

No doubt with something to say about 

Friend and foe alike 

Colder weather has come for awhile 

Triggered a sense of community 

For you’ll see them looming by the hundreds 

Above your heads consuming an entire tree

Once upon a time and still today 

A feared creature unknown, an unpleasant omen

But is it that way?