by Ethel Mortenson Davis
for Rocco Tripodi who worked with children in theater
his eyes from closing.
I found him later,
just a wisp
of a body.
he was bright-eyed
with slicked-back feathers.
The townspeople said
how to fly.
14 responses to “Little Bird”
Each tragedy but part of a larger and more complex (yet somehow quite simple) overall picture.
Nice comment. Love Ethel
Thank you, Ethel. And a beautiful poem and moving poem.
Oh my goodness, Ethel–So beautiful in the simplicity of words, and deeply heart-touching. God Bless You
Thanks Caddo. Love Ethel
Thanks. Love Ethel
very nice, Ethel
Thank you J dub. Ethel
And that little bird’s joy lives on the the children of the town!
Thanks again. Love Ethel
Wow. Wow. Just wow. I don’t know what else to say here…What a poem. It floors you with its quiet simplicity, it sidles in unnoticed as you are reading it and punches you in the gut, knocking the wind out of you before you have even realized what just happened, all with its quiet, simple words and imagery. This is just magnificent. The power and profundity of a few quiet, simple words. You are an amazing wordsmith, Ethel. This is a sobering poem that lingers in your mind with its beautiful, saddening imagery. *sigh*…What you write has echoes that linger far beyond mere words on the page…Keep up the excellent writing, my friend. I really am in awe of the quiet power of what you write.
This is such a big comment. Thank you. Love Ethel
This so touches upon the feeling, the thoughts I have when I have unfortunately come upon a dead songbird, Ethel. And the ending of this lovely poem makes it fable-like.