link to full post: the Doppler effect
[this piece also appears in the Spring ’21 issue of Literary Interpretations, through SF State University]
“As I’m walking back home, I look up at the sky and my mouth pops open underneath the mask I inconsistently remember to take off when no one is near me: I see this amazing, eagle-shaped cloud—so distinctly formed with a hooked beak, huge sweeping wings, even a little blue space for the eye—it looks just like the eagle in the post office logo. Priority mail! Clutched in its beak is the whispy cloud shape of some much smaller spread-winged bird. Dinner. karma?
Welcome to America! Where if we all just follow the rules, no one will get hurt.”