Death In the Afternoon
Feathers fluffed out
eyes a glint like little brown beads
he was frozen by fear.
Poor little sparrow.
Adrift on the leaf littered flagstones
flight apparently impossible;
I approached quietly, cautiously.
Stock still and silent, he sat,
a single feather lifted
slightly in the winter wind.
I stooped and tenderly
scooped his tiny form into my palm.
My reward, immediate and messy.
I felt his tiny heart quicken; watched
his beak open and close soundlessly.
Gently I placed him on the bird table
out of feline harms way;
sprinkled some seed and left water
in a jam jar lid.
By dusk, his body stiff
teeny talons pointed skyward,
his winged soul already freedom flown .