Poetry

Theresa Hamman

Ear Worm
 
I’m at the stage
where I’m humming the thing
 
between lip and lung
my breathy tongue
 
slips and curls under the tune
without woodwinds
or throat, or sparrows.
 
It winds up my brain
slithers out my ear,
weeps down my cheek.
 
All the while
my mouth
remains tight
 
and the worm,
finding the small gap
between my teeth,
 
sings free



CROWS
 
When I saw
them approaching
I believed
they were human
 
but really
they were hats
with twisted hands holding torches—
 
and then someone
somewhere spoke
about a “murder
of crows” erupting
before the sun rose
red over the ruined city
and I knew—
 
this is how the world
flies apart
 
this is how
the winds blow back
 
against the eagle building
her nest in a barren tree
 
and how
the hatted hands
torch
the tree’s dry bark
 
but really
if you think about it
 
it’s not about kneeling
 
or reporting
 
it’s all that clawing
all that squawking
 
it’s about the crows
and how they morph
into murders.