Exit – Susie Sweetland Garay

 
A coworker
 
(I would
 
call her friend)
 
calls me over
 
to help.
 
 
A bird has
 
become trapped
 
in our unfinished,
 
flood ravaged
 
basement.
 
 
We watch him fly
 
over and over again
 
into the closed window,
 
desperate to escape.
 
 
I move closer
 
frightening him
 
into another room
 
while I open
 
the window.
 
 
When the screen
 
is removed
 
I follow.
 
 
His flight and
 
exit are perfection.
 
 
Through the framed
 
out walls to
 
the window
 
and out.
 
 
Flying toward
 
home with
 
bruises and
 
a story.
 
 
 
©2013 All rights belong with the Author.

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12 responses to “Exit – Susie Sweetland Garay

  1. Beautiful tale of freedom. The bird cherishes its freedom as we human feel and now I understand what freedom means to us yet we cage birds.

  2. Wonderfully rich poem. Thanks for sharing

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  4. returning home “with bruises and a story”… wonderful image. Very nice.

  5. fuh- lisssh; the freedom of the tongue

  6. What a privilege to be of assistance to one so small. I wonder if he had any warning that freedom was at stake when he flew into such a tangle, or did he realize what he had lost only when it was gone? If so, we are more alike than we have realized.

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