Jim McGowan is an English teacher living and working in Madrid, Spain. In his free time, he's an amateur poet and illustrator. His work has appeared in his self-published book, Covert Love Poems, as well as on public transportation in his hometown of Seattle, Washington.
Seattle // Madrid
Unlike a little boy clenches a chick
As a pillow, though its feathers were on the inside
And it didn’t have a fast-
Beating heart. It wheezes through its beak. Legs
Stick out—an intervebreaking squeeze.
Its eyes tremble, bulge, close tiredly.
His mom replaces the chick while he sleeps.
Why the chick doesn’t grow never occurs to him.
All he knows is he loves his chick,
So he clenches it tight like a pillow.
Will he learn to love with an open hand