Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fable Lesson for a Walking Boy



author's note:

As Hollywood so often says: "Based on a true story."


FABLE LESSON FOR A WALKING BOY

Once as a boy
I stepped on a broken dead bird
beside the road:

what surprise and confusion then
as I watched that dormant heart
suddenly jump up
and fly away
in a blur of wings.

Not until years later
did I realize
I'd received an omen
and a lesson:

shadow lightning falls
--as if to finish us off--!--

but instead the bolt jolts us
back to life...

When I realized
I was the bird,
I then realized
I had agreed
to all those feet.


© 2011, Michael R. Patton
searching for the new mythology

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