Evolution – Deborah L. Davitt

The slick, chitinous curve
of a beetle’s inner wings
cupping forward like glass
catching air;

smooth-skinned wings
of a lost pterosaur, shearing
through the thermals
over a vanished sea;

the first butterfly wingbeats
bringing tremulous chaos
to Cretaceous skies, where flowers
first bloomed and dinosaurs died;

an owl’s flight-feathers caressing
air as a hawk carves vortices
through wind; a bat flittering
on its fingertips through the night;

balloons buoyed by heat,
spacecraft moving by a bullet’s
ballistics; how often has flight
recreated itself, by chance or intention?

 

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but she received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and son. Her poetry has garnered two Rhysling nominations and has appeared in nearly twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Altered Europa. Her well-received Edda-Earth series is available through Amazon. For more about her work, please see www.edda-earth.com.

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