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The Magpie's Secret Lives, One Throne Magazine

Art by Robin Henry.
© Please do not reproduce without artist's permission.

THE MAGPIE'S
SECRET LIVES
by Rebekah Rempel

 

 

1.

The gentleman, always overdressed for the occasion

in a black suit and pressed white shirt.

He forgets he’s only here for the food.

 

2.

The conductor, who turns a carcass into an orchestra pit.

From his podium of exposed breastbone, he flicks his beak

and leads his fellow scavengers to crescendo, coat-tails dripping red.

 

3.

The magician—his ragged chatter saws the day in half.

And he makes things disappear—like the rabbit

on the road, ribbon by colourful ribbon.

 

4.

The detective. All business. Swiftly careens through town

in that classic police cruiser. One of the first to arrive

at every death.

 

5.

The magpie, despite his varied perches, sees no grey areas

in his corvid world. Everything is black and white, starkly

defined. Death is so damn easy.

 

 

Rebekah Rempel studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. Her poems have appeared in Force Field: 77 Women Poets of British Columbia (Mother Tongue Publishing) and Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern BC Women (Caitlin Press), as well as Lake and Room. Her poems are also forthcoming in Prairie Fire and online through Cactus Heart Press.

 

 
 
 
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