Birds of the Gulf–Post the Era of Shock and Awe.

The bombs are loud

but when it’s quiet again

the birds are standing by.


It doesn’t matter to them

if the buildings

are vertical or horizontal,


If it’s a newborn calf or

an infant under the debris.

Crows will eat the eyes out first

and the dogs are plump already.


Collateral damage is the

death of our collective soul

but what is dead–

soon becomes invisible.