When a mourning dove loses its mate
It commits suicide, flies headlong
Into a plate glass window, lights
Immovable in a roadway, sits
Atop a high perch in a lightning
Storm. It is a myth it misses its
Lost love, a fable of the forlorn,
Solitary sounds of loneliness
Issued with longing, misheard and
Misconstrued. They are not sounds of
Mourning heard, but the dove’s own death song,
Cooed by one left alone, preparatory
To a self-devised destiny with death.
About the author, Ned Randle:
My poems have appeared in a number of literary publications such as The American Poetry Journal, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poydras Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, The New Poet, Hamilton Stone Review and Four Ties Literary Review. "Running at Night-Collected Poems" was released April 1, 2013 by Coffeetown Press. My chapbook, Prairie Shoutings and Other Poems, was published by The Spoon River Poetry Press, Bradley University.
I also write fiction. My debut novel Baxter's Friends was released June 1, 2013 by Coffeetown Press, Seattle to very good reviews. My second novel Cemetery Road has been accepted for publication. My most recent short story "Potential" appeared in the May 2017 edition of The Examined Life-The Literary Review of Carver Medical College, U. of Iowa. Another, "Clyde", appeared in the Jan. 2016 edition of Soundings Review-Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. "Wild Bill" appeared in Red Earth Review, Summer 2014.