birds in a barrel's mission is to release creative nonfiction into the wild.

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


At the time it was a comfort  
that he said we’d reunite  
in our eightieth decade.  
it helped me be okay  
with letting him go in the now  
of then. But I had a dream of  
fighting an alligator and  
running away from him  
which let me know that  
I never ever wanted to go back.  
Never. Ever. And there’s no room  
for regret. I wasted some time,  
but there’s nothing new in  
that. Lately I’ve come to find  
through a friend of a friend of  
a friend, he’s on the lam, out  
of state, fleeing payment for  
the two new children who suffered  
having him for dad. I’m glad  
that wasn’t me. I’ve said  
I wished him dead, but I don’t  
care that much any more; won’t  
take him back, I’m not afraid,  
I trust my heart to keep its head. 

Mt. Kilimanjaro