“The Magpie: A Key” by Kerrin McCadden (poetry ’14), published by New England Review.
The Magpie: A Key
One magpie always means watch out.
One magpie in the yard means stay in the house.
Two magpies in the lane mean don’t go farther than
A magpie walking with its beak open, but quiet,
means go out, but come home quickly.
A magpie calling means something will happen en route.
A magpie on the clothesline means watch your back.
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