Archaeopteryx, the early bird, lies petrified

as generic admixture, in stone under glass in

a splay decidedly crude, its rude wings

akimbo and talons curled –

denied the contemporary luxury to choose

in which frozen indignity to remain.


by Alleliah Nuguid


Alleliah Nuguid is from Fremont, California. She received a BA in creative writing from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Her poems can be found in Permafrost, The New York Times Learning Blog, and the anthology Poets 11, among other places.

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