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  • Peyton Sauer

1 a birthday in may is so fortunate

catching a robin

as a promise


(a birthday in may is so fortunate)


a small porcelain face presses through the stained orange slats

of a poorly built deck

for the sign of a mother


to hold

her feathers in your hands

and feel the weight of what’s

smaller than

you


to cradle

her babies,

all the time fearing the bright blue will

rub off of their shells and onto your

palms

a permanent stain

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