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Christmas Sparrow

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The first thing I heard this morning
was a soft, insistent rustle,
the rapid flapping of wings
against glass as it turned out,

a small bird rioting
in the frame of a high window,
trying to hurl itself through
the enigma of transparency into the spacious light.
A noise in the throat of the cat
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Monday, December 15, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: christmas
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Nicholas Hrusovsky 25 November 2019
I'm writing a pastiche poem based off of this in english class. The only problem is I can only think of good poetry when it rhymes, but I might have to write it free-verse because the original is free-verse. We'll see what happens. Either way, it's a beautiful poem.
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yo what up its nathan holmberg
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Dr Antony Theodore 07 November 2019
But outside, it burst from my uncupped hands into its element, dipping over the dormant garden in a spasm of wingbeats and disappearing over a tall row of hemlocks... picturesque discription. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 08 July 2019
Still, for the rest of the day, I could feel its wild thrumming against my palms whenever I thought about the hours the bird must have spent pent in the shadows of that room, So much you feel about a little sparrow. your mind is filled with mercy. tony
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Angela Lin 23 November 2017
Next time, would you please write a shorter poem? These are too hard for me to memorize.
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Tom Allport 20 December 2016
one lucky sparrow plus one good deed equals being happy?
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Raymond Farrell 25 January 2016
Great poem by Billy Collins and not some surreal dada to boot.
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Janet Hanson 18 January 2016
I'm so glad that it is free!
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Susan Williams 19 December 2015
This is Poetry with a capital P- - he handed us this beautiful thought-provoking incident and painted it in colors that we made our own. Just bask in these lines- - - But outside, it burst from my uncupped hands into its element, dipping over the dormant garden in a spasm of wingbeats and disappearing over a tall row of hemlocks. Still, for the rest of the day, I could feel its wild thrumming against my palms whenever I thought about the hours the bird must have spent pent in the shadows of that room,
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Seema Jayaraman 19 December 2015
The revival of Sparrows! So happy to see this poem here..recently we too have started spotting a few n such a delightful sight..
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Terry Craddock 19 December 2015
'The first thing I heard this morning was a soft, insistent rustle, the rapid flapping of wings against glass as it turned out, ' loved this, the conversation poetic of the first stanza, tuned in the final 'as it turned out, ' then the glorious rich word images developed with such pathos, before the final surprising 'lucky sparrow tucked into a holly bush' and the charming calm beauty of 'a light snow tumbling through the windless dark.' 10+++
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