Rachel Aviva Burns | FIRST FLIGHT


aroused by crispening air—
takes off, a sudden blossoming
of white wings, long feathers.
The egret flies slow.
Ungainly, lopsided.
Flaps above
the yellow grass-tips.

I remember running
on the school roof,
arms out, awkwardly pumping,
thinking, any second,
the wind might take me
and I would erupt into
a graceful shape waving
my arms in the blue.

Author’s Bio

Rachel Aviva Burns is a writer and artist living and working in New York City. Her poems have previously appeared in publications including the Atlanta ReviewBluestem MagazineFlorida English, and Sand Hills Literary Magazine.