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SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Little Birds

by Renee Elton

Scavenge what you can and destroy the rest. This honey of living is overtly

Vague and overly imagined. Gather your detritus and move into gardens
	Of yellow roses, where glow-sticks

Swing like little birds on a string tied around a child’s wrist.

Wind rustle and fragment tangle and with vagueness,
	Is it necessary to be whole and complete? I trust

This endurance of the temporary, this extremely restless place.


SHJ Issue 16
Spring 2017

Renee Elton

is a poet and teacher, currently working on a manuscript of poems about Victorian explorers in West Africa. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Elton has completed a book of poems on Sierra Leone and the women’s secret society there. She recently lived in Stuttgart [Germany], Okinawa, and Florida, completing a set of art/visual poems using her botanical photographs.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury