Face Stolen From a Bird

Poem by Anne-Marie Derése, translated by Judith Skillman.

I don’t know who you’re hiding
Behind your mask,
Your face stolen from a bird,
Imprisoned by red ashes.
I will love you the way one dies.

I will keep you
For years to come,
You will be so tame,
So unbelievable,
My strange animal,
With your lips opening
On a lost smile.

I’ll drink your breath
And I’ll know who you are hiding.

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Face Stolen From a Bird