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Skyman's Daughter
by Marge Simon

Father seeds the skies with wings.
Trains them like homing pigeons,
one pair to a hutch.
He flies with the fledglings
to guide them home.

At dawn, a rush of air
above my head and they disappear
to return as the suns descend.
Sometimes a letter in a beak,
sometimes a bone.

After lessons, I'm allowed 
to climb the embroidered hills 
where the trees wear gold medallions,
whispering histories in the sing-sigh wind.
I shut my eyes and sit very still
until I hear them coming home.

Father promises to teach me how to fly,
and his wings are long and wide,
but mine are nubs that will not grow
beyond my reach.

I pretend  I was stolen 
from the town beyond the yellow river.
But I know it isn't so.
Children no longer have wings.

We put our faith in Father's birds,
for who else will be our messengers
when we lose the skies?


Marge Ballif Simon freelances as a writer-poet-illustrator for genre and mainstream publications such as From the Asylum, Chizine, The Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Flashquake, Aeon, and more. She has three collections coming out in 2007: Vectors: A Week in the Death of a Planet, with Charlee Jacob (Dark Regions Press), the self-illustrated Like Birds in the Rain (Sam's Dot Publishing), and Night Smoke, with Bruce Boston (Kelp Queen Publications). Marge edits SFPA's journal, Star*Line.


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"Skyman's Daughter," poem and illustration © 2007 Marge Simon. From Legends of the Fallen Sky, with Malcolm Deeley. Used by permission.
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