This rough draft came out of a challenge to use the expression “an encirclement of birds”.
(First draft) Encirclement of Sparrows Roar like a train through the living room extra blankets on windows, surely frozen shut. Power lines down heat off, lights off, all shut down. Move away from the windows, he said. I want to be near when the sun rises, she said, You know me and sunshine-- I’ve got to-- I know he said, I know, and they huddled under yet another blanket and shut down. Listen, she whispered, hours or days or moments later, I hear the sunrise. Gray light through the curtains, and then tap, tap, tap on the tree branches scraping the windows an encirclement of sparrows.