I was trapped in mist-nets set by birders
Applying bands to unsuspecting targets,
Soft spheres of fluff and feathers,
My beak opened wide, terror in my eyes.
I was entombed in amber
Bright yellow crystal catching the light
To reveal my delicate wings and legs
Crushed, deformed by heat and pressure.
I was ensnared by jellyfish tentacles,
Streaming glossy ribbons in the sea.
Burning, stinging skin singed and raw
Screaming for liberation.
I was imprisoned by quicksand
Pale and bland, glistening wet, like silk on skin,
Beckoning me to take another step
Down and deeper it sucked my legs and lungs.
I was gored by the bull in the matador’s ring.
Neck muscles rippling under curly, wooly hair,
Powerful horns stabbed and pierced my soul
Dark red with warm blood.
I was snapped in the jaws of a vicious trap,
A shiny steel jewel in a meadow of purple flowers
Where I hunted mice.
In excruciating pain, I gnawed off my foot to freedom.
I was ambushed by a spider
Orb web shimmering in the sun
Poison fangs pierced, venom flowed
Nerves and organs died.
I was stalked by a tiger
Dark and golden fur on soft paws
Melting into grasses of camouflage.
A mouth of saber teeth tore apart my skull.
I was ghosted by him
The pretty words, the mesmerizing promises
Came as presents to my heart
Now beating with a new hollow sound.
I was fooled by the musical blue eyes
Brimming with emotion
And warm hugs, seeming to be true.
But then, too busy, he shredded the very fabric of my core.