Embrace by Janie StapletonPoecology
Issue 5

Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Magpiety

Their fervor today is worms.

According to the gospel of magpie,
survival is a tasty creature.

Listen!

They’re preaching a peckety-peck-peck
sermon on self-sufficiency.

They squawk their glossolalia
dressed in jazzy cassocks.

They proselytize rapture then ascend
from a wobble of heavenly

bamboo.