why i feed the birds


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once
i saw my grandmother hold out
her hand cupping a small offering
of seed to one of the wild sparrows
that frequented the bird bath she
filled with fresh water every day

she stood still
maybe stopped breathing
while the sparrow looked
at her, then the seed
then back as if he was
judging her character

he jumped into her hand
began to eat
she smiled 

a woman holding
a small god 

~ Richard Vargas, why i feed the birds


Image Credit. Poem Credit. Poem from Vargas’ book Guernica at Amazon here.

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2 thoughts on “why i feed the birds

  1. Carole Webber April 3, 2014 / 6:20 am

    This sparrow is a hummingbird
    Nice poem

    • fictionfitz April 3, 2014 / 6:51 am

      Definitely for the birds.

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