Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sparrows

RESPECT
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City sparrows don't care.
There I sit
in the early autumn park,
on a bench,
shaking a handful of keys
at the birds walking round my ankles.
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As if they'll really hop on my hand.
Trust me, I have good intentions!
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Two, almost touching my shoe,
look through me,
not knowing that I'm channeling
St. Francis of Assisi,
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"My brothers, Birds, you should praise your Creator".
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I'm ignored.
Feathers not even twitching,
they fly,
carried on the wind.
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They know a saint when they see one.
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14 comments:

Patrice said...

I've always loved sparrows - so ordinary and yet each variety is quite unique. They are so thrifty and resourceful - and so enduring.

Wonderful photo and poem.

Deedee said...

Uhmmmmm. Central Park in autumn! You and the sparrows are lucky to be able to enjoy it. In a few weeks it will be a riot of color. What a wonderful gift a park is...I think of a park as an urban oasis. I thank God for all those who make their existence possible.

Alaine said...

Love it, Lyn and cleverly getting St. Francis' quote in there made it even more special!

Lyn said...

Hi Patrice-
Thanks for visiting, and for your comments..I usually go to the same area in the park, and the sparrows are always so aloof!!

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
Central Park is a great gift..it would be a strange city indeed without it..the trees are still full and green..just a few crunchy browns on the ground.

Lyn said...

Hi Alaine-
Thank you..It's funny about St. Francis..I just sort of saw him with all these birds around him!!

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

I think the birdies must have been a little blinkered. I can see your halo from here!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
Hmm...the halo thing..must be why I like you!!
By the way, I've lost my "Followers", since last night, on my blog and on yours, and all others. I hope it self corrects, or am I nuts??

Derrick said...

Hi again Lyn,

No, you have all your faculties. I think the Followers widget has been causing problems for a couple of days. Hopefully, someone at Blogger is working on it!

Lyn said...

Hi again, Derrick-
Yes, I've seen others mentioning this problem.. I'm so compulsive about straightening things out! A lesson in itself! Thanks for the rapid response...

A Cuban In London said...

I would have loved to see your face when you came up with the line:

'Two, almost touching my shoe,
look through me,
not knowing that I'm channeling
St. Francis of Assisi,
"My brothers, Birds, you should praise your Creator".

Fantastic.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to a Cuban-
Thank you for your kindness!
I sort of got the poem while sitting on..the park bench! But finished it up at home, assist from Google for.. St. Francis!

Studio Sylvia said...

Lyn, if that was me, I'd be discouraging the birds. I love looking at birds from a distance but close up? I get the shivers. despite my phobia, I enjoyed reading your piece.

Lyn said...

Hi Sylvia-
A bit too much Hitchcock, perhaps?
As I said, these birds look right through me! They are NYC street birds, fearless!

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