The Poetry of Dee Allen

Flapper Press is proud to present the poetry of Dee Allen—an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. He's been active on the creative writing & Spoken Word tips since the early 1990s and is the author of 4 books (Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, and his newest, Skeletal Black—all from POOR Press) and 18 anthology appearances (including Poets 11: 2014, Feather Floating On The Water, Rise, Your Golden Sun Still Shines, What Is Love, The City Is Already Speaking, The Land Lives Forever, and the newest from Los Angeles-based Vagabond Books, Extreme) under his figurative belt so far.

Night Eagle

Dusk hides nothing

From the Night Eagle, himself hidden in the trees,

With feathers & wings of sandy hue,

Bulbous eyes black as his native grove.

Nyctophilian bird

Watches the wildness

In deep darkness,

Observes change in weather & seasons

From the hollows of oaks,

Broad branches of redwoods,

Not a thing escapes his careful,

Penetrating gaze under the stars.

Red men claim the Night Eagle is

The spirit of one of their departed,

Brought back to Earth in avian form,

Protective, insightful, wiser than he was in life—

He gives a sharp chorus of hoots,

Spreads his wings and flies after intruders

On the ground, chasing those field

Rats back to holes within nightly abyss

Before the slow coming of day—

The Night Eagle,

Watcher of the woods, wings of sandy hue, black eyes,

Is my spirit animal

According to

A spinning

Colour wheel

On an iPad

On a table