In Japan, a mother jumps to her death
after pushing her three children
off the same condo balcony.
I read the story on Sunday morning,
birds chirping outside my window,
a nest woven into my porch.
The mother teaches her chicks to fly,
to soar away from her into life,
knowing they will each fall
at their own given time.
© Kristina England
Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her writing is published or forthcoming at Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Gargoyle, New Verse News, Poetry24, and other magazines.