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Ode to a Sparrow

So small and lifeless, sparrow lying there,
no longer gliding on your wings through air
that held you high above the world that whirred.
Thou was not born for death, immortal Bird.

I look upon you, warm, still, to the touch
and ponder all life’s moments and how much
each holds, like golden millions in a purse.
I stand there, shift my weight, look down, and curse

because, dear bird, you do not, cannot, move.
Not even all the treasures in the Louvre
stand higher than my wish that you could fly
again through skies, see clouds go scudding by.

Thou was not born for death, immortal Bird,
an echo in my sleep I thought I heard.
Come, come with me so I can hear your song.
Your music rights so much that has gone wrong,

and now I hear a silent woods. The trees
are empty of your flutter in the breeze.
I watch. Please move, small one. My eyes have blurred.
Thou was not born for death, immortal Bird.

*The line Thou was not born for death, immortal Bird is taken from “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats.

1 Comment

If you could be …..Maggie’s challenge….?

   First of all …Maggie wow what a great Idea…! What light would I be , thought about this for some time . The light I want to be is the shine of the young girls eye the minute she receives that first kiss , The glimmer when she finds out she’s pregnant . The glow when that little boy gets what he wants for Christmas . The sparkle when dad watches his kids in their first soccer game . It’s the small things in life we all need to get back in touch with . That light is the finest thing I know !!


Morning Walk

Walking this morning , the wind blows soothing

Branches in the trees moving slight from left to right

The sun with its warmth , makes the day fit so good

Birds all around , all the noise there singing drowns

One blink of an eye , the clouds are there

The birds themselves feel our despair

I sense my body returning into this confining room

My eyes are closed and I feel this on my face

Walking this morning , the wind blows soothing


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