Virginia Nightingale

Virginia Nightingale
braided ponytail
new to the full cycle
of bloody seasons,
her mysteries molting
with the Shenandoah’s sway,
featherless, she glides away.

Call her a beginner,
a cardinal sinner,
blindfolded to the winter
her strong beak slices
feeds the crimson within;
she may well be
Virginia’s last virgin.

First beak at the birdhouse
her suitors aroused
pass pods cheek to cheek while
the bright bird dreams of leaving,
a cardinal offense
for a rusty rig designed to
be a nest of twigs.

The branches of her shoulders
stoop, a sign she’s grown older.
First flakes fall like footsteps,
suitors swoop past,
“Cheer! Cheer! Cheer!”
We’ll wait it out another year
in monogamy, but this redbird
knows a songbook of tunes;
she only shares them on full moons.

© khartless 2021, All Rights Reserved

Aykut Aydoğduis was born in 1986 in Ankara, Turkey, and continues to actively create art in İstanbul. He defines himself as a digital artist and performs his new generation illustrations in a digital environment, uses a technique in which colors and lines become more evident in the virtual area. Be sure to check out his other artwork for inspiration.


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