Issue Eleven - September 2007


By Ingrid Karnikis

June 29th, 2006 - noon
Plotting strategies in strident tones
the robins begin to attack.
"The head, the head", they shrill
and swoop to circle the cherry tree;
on course to assail the enemy.

Owl stands unflinching on the garden gate,
regal in feathered gray.
They dive at him; yellow beaks
prodding his cowled head,  
while saint-like he bears the siege 
in  silence
June 30th, 2006 - 4:30 AM

In the quiet
yellow light of morning.
all is not well.  
Cries of distress from the cherry tree
peeping notes of terror.
Owl rises silent on thick gray wings
a limp nestling in his talons. 
June 30th, 2006 - 6:00 PM

In Baghdad a gun butt
splinters an ancient door. 
Shots echo.
Veiled women,
eyes bright with alarm,
rush bewildered children silently 
through tortuous alleys.

Copyright 2007 Ingrid Karnikis