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i have long cast a shadow over grief
allowed you to shatter boughs
allowed your wails and blows
to bore into the trunk of me
& hollow out a home

each spring
the sparrows nest and sing
& you climb

reaching for tender branches
while the sparrows take flight
their fluttering wings mimicking the
harrowing of my heart

& each fall
your nails rat-a-tat
against my skin
carving lost names here & there
& there



Jordan Kurella is a trans and disabled author who has lived all over the world (including Moscow and Manhattan). In his past lives, he was a photographer, radio DJ, and social worker. He can be found on Twitter @kurellian, or at JordanKurella.com. His forthcoming novella, I Never Liked You Anyway, is due out in the fall from Vernacular Books.
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