Dogs 2013

A BIRD ON THE CURB
(8/20/13)


I saw it
before she
did

I didn't
say anything
because I was
so sure
that it would
fly away
before
we got there
anyway

within 6 feet
or so
I interrupted
her diatribe
and pointed out
the young
sparrow standing
precariously balanced
at the side
of the street

we walked
right up to it
and stopped

it calmly
sat there
blinking
in the
sunshine

she slowly
bent down
cupped her hands
and picked up
the panic-free
bundle
of feathers

she raised
it up
to her face
to momentarily
look into its eyes

then it hopped
from her palms
to her shoulder

hesitated
a bit

and flew
to the nearest
low lying
bush
to hide deep
within
the foliage

"that was
SO cute!

I can't believe
that it just
let me
pick it up!

it was
SO tiny"

as we continued
on our walk
she glowed
from the diminutive
minor miracle

for about
two blocks

then she returned
to her denunciations
of the day

from
her hand
to a bush
to an immediate
worthless
memory

insert
your own
proverb
here