Daniel Miess – Climate Change and The Death of Birds

Climate Change and The Death of Birds


last of kin inhale hot empty air        throat

shrivels        no flying        ground littered

with angel blue feathers      unsung songs at twilight

ring from soundless beaks       dead forests buried in grief


above shriveled sky      children walk barren ground    old

green memories give way to sand      sand stings eyes

dead Spring doesn’t ring from beaks    decayed forests weep

boiling tears      no swan song        wide-eyed egret is weak


emerald memories burn in sand        sand stings soul

sparrow bones click in teeth        bloodied doves hang from petrol

hands    no mockingbird song        wide-eyed raven is stiff

Rachel Carson rolls in grave        wakes to heat


sparrow bones click      crimson puffins hang from jagged

peaks        no blue jay feathers sing rascal songs

orange men piss on Carson’s grave        long lakes wither in heat

flesh breathes empty air        throats are mute      



Daniel Miess is a graduate student at Chapman University and is a part of their Master of Arts in English/Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.  He is also a teaching assistant at Chapman University.  His work has been published in the Northwest Review, the Harbinger Asylum, the Henniker Review, Smoky Quartz Literary Magazine, Mud Chronicles: A New England Anthology, Anastamos: Library Edition, and Adelaide Independent Literary Magazine.  He is a reader for TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics and is a Teaching Assistant at Chapman University.  He lives with his husband of seven and a half years, Kelly Bellimer.  When not writing or in class, enjoys traveling, going to art museums (at least pre-pandemic) and reading.

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  1. Wow, Daniel Miess’s poem on climate change really grabbed me emotionally. This well-composed poem of phrases speaks of our real-life and death times we are trying to survive in. His images are well-placed and crisp. I really liked reading and absorbing this work. Carol Louise

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