First Flight – Nathan McMullen

High up like a forest fire roaring so
Loud you can hear the breaths
Of little birds too young to know
The rush of air against them gasp
In wonder as the greedy flames
Devour them in their wind-mouths
That feel so much like flying but
Warm like the egg safe in its nest

Nathan McMullen has studied philosophy and literature as an undergraduate student at Colorado State University. His work has not previously been published.

Editors’ Note: Congratulations, Nathan!