poem

Sparrows Fall

sparrows

 

 

 

No one saw the sparrows fall
or noticed when they ceased to call.
For weeks their flinty beaks were still,
unable to announce the kill.

At night a wanderer fleeting past
saw the feathers in the grass,
felt the first foreboding chill
at tiny corpses on a hill.

Stumbled back when at his feet
bony wings began to beat.
Launched into the moonless sky
a flock of things that would not die.

So have a care when sparrows fall;
they may not be true birds at all,
only husks of restive dead
who fly a darker path instead.

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2 thoughts on “Sparrows Fall

  1. Rhonda Parrish says:

    I was going to comment and say ‘That’s really nice’ but then, upon further contemplation, I’m not sure ‘nice’ is a word one should use to refer to a poem about (un)dead birds…

    I liked it though 😉

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