Harbinger of death
on wing and wind,
the starling freely
entered my abode—
seeking only safety.

Quickly, though,
it became like us—
frantically searching
an escape.

Share this
Continue Reading
About the Author

Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: writer and editor; educator and bioethicist; poetess and creatrix; cat herder and chief can opener; witch and woman; and, above all, human. Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including being featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. She is also a co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (

Michele Mekel
More Posts by this author…