why i feed the birds

once
i saw my grandmother hold out
her hand cupping a small offering
of seed to one of the wild sparrows
that frequented the bird bath she
filled with fresh water every day

she stood still
maybe stopped breathing
while the sparrow looked
at her, then the seed
then back as if he was
judging her character

he jumped into her hand
began to eat
she smiled

a woman holding
a small god

– Richard Vargas

CultFit Wonder

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2 Comments on “why i feed the birds”

  1. mishedup says:

    Beautiful.
    I am reminded of Mary Poppins, and that beautiful “Feed The Birds” song right in the middle of all the fun and hilarity…that moment of rest and beauty.
    Someone very close to me said that was the moment that he knew he wanted to be an actor and a writer..because he was so moved by that moment.
    Thanks of this lovely poem…
    one small god holding another

    • CultFit says:

      And thank you for reminding me of such a wonderful scene in Mary Poppins! Time to watch it again 🙂
      Take care and I hope you have a brilliant weekend.


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