Crooked Grace, by Savannah Green


Tipped white feathers in flight

careen over corn patches.

Tractors grumble

as spanners bake in farm yard heat.


The sparrow spirals

downwards, past the barn’s shingled roof,

getting ever closer

to the girl

in the wheelchair.


Gracie pushes hard on her wheel;

around she goes again,

her wheelchair rocking to one side,


Looking up, she holds the bird

in her gaze…

spying one bent wing.

Closer and closer.


A snow white feather falls into Gracie’s lap.

She pushes on the wheel

and continues circling —

Until the sparrow’s hot body beats

against the dirt,

in the centre of the yard.


Copyright the author and first published by Friends of Rowntree Park 2015.


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