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Two Sparrows

February 23, 2018

 

 

 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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