‘On a carrier pigeon found dead in a chimney’ by Samuel Tongue

On a carrier pigeon found dead in a chimney Time has done its dissections, spread the jigsaw on the kitchen table. Some wing bones, hollow radius and carpus, a fretwork of struts and trusses. Interlocking ribs around an unsnapped wishbone. An empty skull, chalky with age, and a tiny red capsule concealing a cigarette-paper of code: KLDTS, FQIRU, AOAKN, JRZCQ. These are the pencilled clues … Continue reading ‘On a carrier pigeon found dead in a chimney’ by Samuel Tongue