I bought the word antediluvian and filled
my Honda with pairs of strange birds
I bought back from extinction. After
you left, I bought two passenger pigeons
for my passenger seat and two Lord God
birds before they boarded up the bird stores
and spray-painted CLOSED FOR HURRICANE.
I’m selling it for parts: ante- -diluvian.
Choose (1) the before or (2) the deluge.
Baby, do you want a pigeon or a passenger?
I don’t need cash, so they’re a steal. Within
the hour they're reversing interstate lanes.
Take the bird or the God or the Lord. For you I bought the name it asks to go by and this storm.
KRISTIN ROBERTSON is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and Five Points. She teaches creative writing at Tennessee Wesleyan University.