His Broken Wing

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A Path We Once Walked

Spring is dry this
year in our forest –
a bird has a broken
wing and cannot fly –

You have walked beside
me within this forest, on
a scanty path – it leads
to a brook – while a tiny
bird will hobble on its
way down to a brook
but not stand tall or wash
its wings – spread them
wide to dry.

Stones have been tossed
my way, so we keep
our distance on this
path where dust flies
upward, covering shoes –
covering a bird’s wing.

A broken heart – a
broken limb – similar with
mending, brings together
security to each – for when
a heart breaks, it no longer
wants to fly.

If a small bird – still touched
beak to beak with it’s
mother bird, could she too
fix a baby bird – mend a
tiny wing?

This spring the ground
is dry, no water flowing
over its’ bank, no flood,
so a broken wing is covered
in dust as we lift our feet
take slow steps – kick sand. . .
dry – lip of our lips remain
as if lips were sand at a
brooks edge –
our lips have no spring.

I have no skill to mend a
bird’s wing, who once flew
now wallows on dry hollow
ground – hope is gone.

Remember, you gathered
stones for me – emptied
edges of a brook took water
from a stream – dried soil of
spring –

Each stone came to fly away
with a whisper from your
lips – a stone to build a home. . .
we tossed stones higher,
further – into deeper water.

Each stone we held unlike
the other – yet means our
future, as we touch lips – as
we watch a single stone splash
softly into still water.

We built a wall at the end of
our path – one you shall
never climb –
You are simply a bird
without a wing –

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