Light rises from a white bird—pigeon
at the crusted edge of a roof, a boy
killed, window open to shifting surfaces,
the boy’s red shorts, white T shirt,
blood. Death written everywhere,
but the boy’s father hears the bearers
of voices, sees the realms of light.
Stone eats the body, wind cleans it.
The pigeon waits on the roof
high above dirty pavement, wings
angled to draw down fire from the skies.
Outside, a man washes the window.
He’s slung in a sling, safe
on a wobbling board, soapy water
tumbling down his arms,
the water revelation, his shadow
dropped to the sidewalk, simulacrum
played across moving limbs of trees.