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Obscurely yet surely backyard birds
simple & further from corruption with
the wonder of wings call us to praise

A sparrow caught & fluttering in the
mechanism of the feeder’s perch
gave a forlorn cry & lay still

resigned to futility Carefully I
reached a gloved hand to manoeuver
her free concerned her injuries fatal

Wondernumb to their comings &
goings I was still struck as her
loosened body shockingly gone

to a distant tree needed no pause
for recovery doing then & always
as she is called to do

Photo by Tobias Roth on Unsplash

D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is the author of five poetry collections, including Angelicus (2021), Ampersand (2018), and Conspiracy of Light: Poems Inspired by the Legacy of C.S. Lewis (2013) — all from Cascade Books. He is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series. He and his wife live in Brampton, Ontario; they have two adult sons.