Fell Swoop

I was asleep at the wheel
when I was jolted back to life
by the sickening thud

of a bird flying sidelong
into the car next to mine,
a delicate winged creature

reduced to a lifeless mass
of feathers and splintered bone,
succumbed to the forces of gravity

in one fell swoop.
one life for another,
one fleeting moment

of universal awareness;
I can’t fly, but
that bird will never fly again.