the sea breaks around my feetbefore moving out again like an inhaled breath.above the water, a mass of starlingstwist and collapse in on themselvesbefore bursting out in an explosion of tiny bones.I watch the birds beyond the iron carrionand by now the water is below my knees. I look down and wonderif any amount of salt could drownthe monsters in my blood. Murmuration is a year's worth of emotions, anxious thoughts and panic attacks, each one a beating wing in the mind of the author.This book is an attempt to create something beautiful from this chaos; to make sense of the things we dare not breathe to life. Focusing on loss, heartbreak, mental health, and the impact of isolation on a tired mind, these poems are the starlings that gather above the water. These pages are the hope that we can learn to heal; that the future can survive the past.