after Franki Sparke’s artwork
eagles rise as birds of mercy refugees on feathered beds scalloping the sky after gunshots and spitting yellow, they face the shadows of silence darkness definite as chalkboards filled with the unwritten morning comes with dust in its eye in their new land dandelions won’t speak reason they too are gathered in vases Written in response to the image and in response to Twiglet #272 "shadows of silence"
I read Franki’s own statement about her work and have no doubt this influenced how I saw it so here is what Franki said:
“NIGHT FLIGHT (part of a series) is a response to the desperate and insistent wave of human migration happening now. Stencilled bird images evoke the natural, uncontroversial migration of species in search of resources and safety. But the overprinted human figures – who face the added complexity of borders, trauma and hope – express both terror and wonder.”