Miriam Bird Greenberg

(1980 / rural Texas)

Miriam Bird Greenberg Poems

1. Brazilian Telephone 2/1/2016
2. I Passed Three Girls Killing a Goat 2/1/2016
3. Long ago I heard footsteps 2/1/2016

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I Passed Three Girls Killing a Goat

I passed three girls killing a goat, shotgun
leaned up against a tree and the entrails
spilling into a coil on the ground. It was hooked
between the tendons of its back legs
to a high branch that gently creaked
like a dry hinge busybody aunties wouldn't oil.
Blood drained into a pail, you could smell it
shifting with the air, and black flies landed
in the shadows of things where the wind
didn't touch. I dreamed I was carrying a sack
filled with animals, and it dragged blood
in the gravel and stained my skirt hem, you could follow my trail
to the county line ...

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