Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Heroic Birds

author’s note:

Best wishes to all you birds out there.


Such a fierce resiliency--

how those wrens hold out
in the awning of a gas station

or peck at the fallen fries
on a greasy fast-food drive-thru.

Still I've got to say:
birds, you have the whole sky!--

yet you choose this mess!

But maybe they know
how in such shabbiness
they become that which is heroic:

peasants in a sub-zero desolation--

even in their dreams they must battle
for raw survival.

Yes, I marvel
at the easy glide of eagles
on the blue mountain breeze...

but the way those wrens work
their little brown wings
is no less beautiful to me.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
Common Courage: the book

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