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Three Poems for the Death of a Bird


(Painting- 'Wee Wonder'- Sarah Jane Conklin)

The Birth
Born in a high place
In the heat of summer
In a secret spot 
Still yet concealed
The beginning of a story,
Conceived with purpose,
It came into existence as hope
A product of eagerness,
It danced to the tune of affection
Flourishing and thriving in the uncertainty
A long-awaited spawn, an heir
And faith’s progeny

The Flight
The little strong-winged creature did take off
Flying high for the first time
It saw the hills and country,
Indeed, it saw the city
It stopped for rest on a sky-high rooftop
This bird sang all the songs
Yet, its heart was weak
A champion for tomorrow
And harbinger of expectation
Yes, it saw all the bright colors
Short-term survivor
Unaware of its doom

The Death
And the bird floundered
Having flown too far too high
The wind was gone
Endless flapping to stay on course
It flailed and dropped
Landing on a tree branch
Perhaps it could take flight again
But the tree branch was false hope
And swiftly, the ambitious little creature
Fell to its inevitable death
And now exists
Only in memory


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