relief: the wingspan of origin, loss,
a fossil of chronos, fledged and fleeting,
now fixed. Were this ancient creature born
millennia hence, the features of its migration
might define a different stream, Ago as chapter,
Circa as ripple, clock rock of carbon dating.
In another time, in another place,
excavated for a mine, the trap capture,
the snap stratum, the 3D polaroid of petrified
flight is cross communication, silent missive
via long waiting, via long burial, to the chisel
and pick of question, to this thisness
from another distant instant, plumed and hollow-boned.