• Robert Leo Stanley

Two Sparrows


The following poem has been re-printed from the Ancient Paths archives. It was originally published in the printed literary magazine, Issue 6 (Spring 2001).

Two Sparrows by Robert Leo Stanley

A sparrow had turned in flight away from the others and had come to a land parched by a cruel sun where diamond-hooded cobras and red-jawed iguanas eat, rest, and wait.

His frantic wings fought against a tide of demon winds, and he rose high above the shifting dunes in search of an oasis.

He found none.

Wings failing he fell toward a den of scorpions.

Then, snatching him, another sparrow came and lifted him up, thwarting the dark winds.

Because we are tended we tend one another.

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