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

40 Days & 40 Writes is its first project.


 I mean, he writes song, so  
is he someone really unknown to  
me? when his words and rhymes  
have mesmerized and hymns  
to parts of me hitherto  
unfelt have shot my heart with  
grief and joy? or is it myth  
that makes me think I've seen  
into some place that quiet in him?  
There were years when it took strength  
to keep from writing love poems  
begging him to have me join  
his band. Not easy to adore  
from far off a man whose odor  
I've not known but rises like phloem  
in my mind.