If I be anyone in this life
let me be a messenger
let me write beauty on the sky
let me write a love letter
so wide and deep and long
that it turns day to night
forcing men and women to look up.
Let me write a reminder of what is great and what is small
and if my being is not enough,
if my death is the only reminder of man’s power to take life
let me die; let this love letter
exist in memory, born of experience
Poem written by Megan Hollingsworth/ ex·tinc·tion wit·ness in 2014 and dedicated to the passenger pigeon on the centenary of its extinction. The image is a still from Martha’s Farewell, a film tribute to Martha by Megan, also in 2014.