A flock of starlings swoops
to a dead stop
on the leafless olive tree

and the nine people
in the parking lot all turn
to look at the suddenly silent troop

as if they were soldiers
who had taken residence
and violence, which had passed,
would soon follow.


Jeff Burt

About Jeff Burt

Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County, California, with his wife and a July abundance of plums. He has work in Watershed Review, Amarillo Bay, Clerestory, and The Nervous Breakdown. He won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award.
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