Sally Long


The Absence of Birds

The leaves rustle
releasing a surprised sparrow,
thrushes answer one another,
the red kite static above my head,
I trace the magpie’s undulating flight
and hear rooks call from distant trees.

Then silence.

I think about the absence
of birds, until a pigeon clatters
from the branches and a robin sings.
The birds were always present
but those thoughts
oh my thoughts…



Sally Long has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East London and is a PhD student at Exeter. She has had poems published in magazines including Agenda, Haiku Quarterly, Ink, Sweat and Tears, London Grip, Poetry Salzburg Review and Snakeskin. Sally edits Allegro Poetry Magazine .

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