Poppy Birds

by G.E. Simons

Poppy birds peck opiates

From seed pods In salsa fields

Trace away to mainland

Then settle in Burmese boughs

They build feint nests

From plant stems

And thick veined limbs

Carrion weavings

On city borders

Then pick at onion beds

Leaving synthetic remains In the soil ways

Addictive plants

Attractive dancing

They fly toward jet streams

Migrating like foam

On flight paths

From bedsit rooms

Darkened by window blankets

Then die in the open

Broad rivers, calm pastures

Scattered with needles

As the alternative

To gold watch roosting