long neck dreams

I must tell about

the pink flamingos

not the live ones 

and not Audrey Hepburn

at a small cafe table,

and not the rusty chains

piled mysteriously next to them

— nesting material perhaps? —

because they gather there

beside the tracks

behind that scabby brick building

and stand quite patiently

just like they always did in their

previous lives, before

they retired, possibly to breed

bathtub ducklets, hatched from

plastic eggs, but always dreaming,

dreaming of Audrey Hepburn

and planning what they will order

when they meet her there

at that little round table

in the movie cafe

Kyla Houbolt‘s chapbook, But Then I Thought, is forthcoming from Above/ground Press http://abovegroundpress.blogspot.com/. Also forthcoming is chapbook Surviving Death, from Broken Spine Arts, https://thebrokenspine.co.uk/ in November, along with a re-release of the chapbook Dawn’s Fool. The chapbook Tuned is currently available from CCCP Chapbooks, here: https://cccpchapbooks.bigcartel.com/product/tuned-selected-poems-by-kyla-houbolt. More of Kyla’s work can be found on her linktree, https://linktr.ee/luaz_poet. She is on Twitter @luaz_poet