The emu lives in wooded and open country, costal and inland, across Australia. It is the second largest bird in the world. Its ancestor, the Dromornithid, lived at the time of the dinosaurs. Originally three species of emu roamed the land, but only one survives today; the other two were hunted to extinction for their meat and feathers.
there lies something of the dark ages in you.
through impediments where we stand your amber eyes
shift, stunningly round, under a severe black framing
tossed into this evolutionary era, you are still
wet, still panting with black beak frozen
in an eerie partial grin, like someone on the verge
of a death they can see.
estranged from your mythology
congruencies tie us, the awkwardness
found in running without lift, turning long necks round
to an age emptying its enchantment
the ladyâ€™s magic web, loosing its plaitâ€”
to find you, me, full of such stuff.
now you kneel, backwards
on claws of a dragon, to drink
water that is just
we struggle to rise, lift
the weight of ancient things
no one can decipher, not even you, now
folding their spells beneath your feathers
Kathryn Knight graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Environmental Studies and a BA in English. She has published various poems in its undergraduate literary magazine Shades and exhibited oil paintings and photography in the annual Hammers Inc. Art Festival based in Salt Lake City. She is currently working on a Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University.