The Birds



And later, in the empty room upstairs


AAAAAAAAAAAthat will stay empty because it’s a lookout


AAAAAAAAAAAJames and I are staring at a cardinal in a tree and I say


AAAAAAAAAAAhe’s so red and James says


AAAAAAAAAAAalmost too red and I say and a little fat, 


AAAAAAAAAAAactually. And then I say:


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgreat! Let’s criticize birds.





Cover of TLR's "Chemistry" issue with cover art by Wayne Chang

Michael Klein is a member of the resistance. He teaches at Hunter College and Goddard College. His current book is When I Was a Twin. This is his third appearance in TLR.

The Birds first appeared in TLR Chemistry.