Read: Feathers & BonesRebecca Faulkner

Rebecca Faulkner

 

Feathers & Bones

 

 

There are many carcasses, 

hundreds of thousands falling 

out of the sky in a two-mile 

stretch inland, just in front 

of my house. Over a dozen 

 

 

flycatchers, swallows and warblers, 

a volume of deaths both common 

and sensitive, inexplicable. Before 

dying to reach winter grounds

three billion have been lost 

 

 

mid-flight, damaged, starving, 

until they just couldn’t fly 

any more. The curve-billed 

thrashers, great-tailed grackles 

and white-winged doves know 

 

 

what is happening. Death coming 

at them from all sides, urging 

in a winter sky. To see this 

has given me chills. What little 

is remaining I can’t say.

 

Rebecca Faulkner is London-born children’s rights advocate, climate activist and poet. Her recent work has appeared in Passengers, Quarantine Zine and Indolent Books’ What Rough Beast. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of London. Faulkner lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

Act Now: Two thirds of North American birds are at growing risk of extinction from global temperature rise. If we make immediate changes, we can improve the chances for hundreds of bird species. Take action locally by reading the Audubon Society’s Climate Action Guide – https://www.audubon.org/climate-action-guide