Nature feeds Herself
Her beak claps at cracks in the tarmac
as she snaps at the remains of another creature.
She doesn’t recognise the tyre marks, chooses
instead to eat around the rubber remnants.
Small feet pad over a flattened – something;
it tastes good enough and fills the gap.
A car horn disturbs her evening meal. She leaves
with weathered skin between her bill –
Nature finds ways to nurture her own.
Charley Barnes is a Worcestershire based author and poet. In 2018, her debut poetry pamphlet, A Z-hearted Guide to Heartache, was published by V. Press. Her debut novel, Intention, is published by Bloodhound Books.