Fallen But Not Down

Fallen But Not Down – Sarah Cannavo

Your wings might be dirty,
white feathers darkened with mud
and blood, stiffened by sweat and
burned to peeling by the sun
constantly beating down at your
back, they might be seized so tight
with disuse that when you finally
spread them again it feels like
you’re tearing yourself apart,
a new agony with each beat, but
for all that, they’re still wings.


Sarah Cannavo is a writer of prose and poetry living in southern New Jersey. Her poems and short stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as Carrying On, Untimely Frost, Parody, Poetry Quarterly, Postcards From the Void, Schlock! Horror!, Darkling’s Beasts and Brews, and The Literary Hatchet, and her poem “The 5 Stages of Being on Hold” won third place in the 2018 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest. Her short work will appear in the upcoming anthologies It Came From the Garage!, The Devil’s Hour, Deranged, Midnight in the Witch’s Kitchen, and Rope Burns. Recent projects include finishing a novel for the first time in forever and putting together her first collection of poetry. When she’s not working on these and other projects, she sometimes manages to blog about these and other projects on her site, The Moody Muse (www.moodilymusing.blogspot.com) or rant about them on Twitter @moodilymusing.