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(June 25,1954 / Warrenton, North Carolina)

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Eye of the Sparrow

Run! Run! Cried the sparrow, in a tall tree
No one listened to its tweet or its plea
They’re coming! They’re coming!
Why, can’t you stop: and see?
Too much fun, joy and laughter
For us to glimpse and believe
So from bushes they came and beat them down
Threw them fiercely unto the ground
The sparrow titled his head and flew
As dust from the struggles, settled too
Their treasured beads and bracelets
Exchanged to shackles and chains
Family fun outing and joyous laughter
Death for many with suffering pain
Those left lined in rows
Took thru oncoming darkness from their home
Tossed inside from the open sky
Into a large shelter of dark
The sparrow flew around
High above forest and low about ground
Peering many soldiers
Upon towers and behind walls
Suddenly, a slam, the door opened
All were lead to a ship
Spider legs of its sides move
Up with a quick downward dip
In dimming light the sparrow watched
The ship fades into night
Fair thee well! Fare thee well!
No more, to this sight

Submitted: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 09, 2013


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Imaginary trip back into a point in time. All cultures held this memory and fell. It makes one wonder who exactly is in control. If lost, ask the animals, they know.

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (6/22/2013 9:03:00 PM)

    Eye of the Sparrow by Alexander Coppedge: A poem beautifully composed about the alertness which we neglect.In fact ears which we got not only hear but its an aid to the eyes...Call of Sparrow neglected...So here poet has brought the point of time to be safe it can be anything but a call of alert well writ

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