All of the birds flew out of me
said that, & what it meant
out, out, out
screaming like crows
just before the sun goes
down. All the birds inside me broke
(when he spoke)
out of my mind and eyes and ears.
became pterodactyl crows
wheeling around the tiny room;
I was. I was, yes, ‘his’, but free
because he had no need of me.