Artwork: Jeffrey Gibson, Migration

The Yellowstone Museum of Art

Migrations
after and artwork by Jeffery Gibson

Birds transit together
above layered landscapes
still wet with bright,
arterial blood staining
an unacknowledged past.

Raised delineations
mark forced separations,
scars arbitrarily
linear but deep…
storylines funnel
to indigo pools.

Reservoirs reflect
shards of conquest,
submerge memories
of buttercups
and waving goldenrod.

The dark, mesmeric
center pulses, pulls
focus inward.
Resist.
Zoom out.
Follow the birds.

Julie Schultz