A baby blackbird hops madly at the base of an oak
unable to get lift. It lurches from tree to tree,
A conker falls too soon. When the child stamps
she finds only a pale heart nestled in velvet,
Offal falls from the womb. Crocuses sprout under paving.
A chicken spots a streak of wet yolk and crumples,
These are noises in the throat, not yet formed.