This morning’s northerly
throws death out in my path
a tiny carcass blown from a rubbish bag
a broken bird
at the bottom of a plate glass window.
A paper bag twists itself into the gutter
a butterfly has its wings torn off.
An old man walks into a bar
moving like shaking out a rug
he smells of wood-smoke and rain.
like wet logs burning.
I think of houses I’ve visited
with apple cores browning under beds
a cat licking the ends of breakfast
off a bowl in the sink
and the use of words I wasn’t allowed
words I wouldn’t dare use
and words I’d never heard before.
© Saradha Koirala. First published in Moments in the Whirlwind, New Zealand Poetry Society, 2009