Crooked Grace, by Savannah Green
Tipped white feathers in flight
careen over corn patches.
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.