The Sentient Creature Feature
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Mary Cresswell

is originally from Los Angeles and lives on the Kapiti coast in New Zealand.

She has published in a variety of online and print journals. Her book Trace Fossils will be published in March 2011 by Steele Roberts Ltd (Wellington, NZ).

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In My House We Swallow Canaries

I sit in the sun, reviewing my tale:
it’s different each time, the gist of my tale.

So many shapes start to shift in the dark
when I contemplate the twist of my tale.

It’s hard to suss out where some people stop
and where I pick up the midst of my tale.

My words hook rats and pounce on the mice
caught in each story I insist is my tale.

Content with the malleable purr of the past
I sit and flick shadowscasuist of my tale.