after Yvonne Bobo’s sculpture Murmuration


In the cancer center’s
atrium, starlings flock 

toward an open sky, 
gliding on streams 

of steel. Up close, they’re
aluminum boomerangs, 

warning me: everything
you release will come back. 





Kayla Pearce is an MFA candidate at Oregon State University where she teaches Poetry Writing and English Composition and reads for 45th Parallel. She earned her BA and MA in English from Mississippi State University where she worked as Poetry Editor for Jabberwock Review. Her poems can be found in SpryRed Mud Review, and elsewhere.