Terms of Venery

In droves and skeins and sords and doles, 
gleans, lofts, coffles, fevers, mysteries, 
shoals, by murders, bevies, drifts, mischiefs, 
as clews, as swarms, like living chainmail 
spread across the scene. The many

separate but uniform configure one
flexible screen to which each body fastens
by the rivet of its eye, by the rivet of its melting 
mind forged and recast by instinct. Separate 
uniform animals or one animal many times

reflected. Whatever they’re made of canceling 
whatever the ground is made of, silver or feathers 
or fins revising the surface under them till it is 
nothing or nothing familiar, face of
the gravel, the river, air stuttered

through chinks in the swarm is 
refracted, resolved or nearly 
remembered foliage
recovered to the blasted tree 
by the flocked rooks settling.
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