Howard Nemerov

(29 February 1920 – 5 July 1991 / New York City, New York)

Political Reflection - Poem by Howard Nemerov

loquitur the sparrow in the Zoo

No bars are set too close, no mesh too fine
To keep me from the eagle and the lion,
Whom keepers feed that I may freely dine.
This goes to show that if you have the wit
To be small, common, cute, and live on shit,
Though the cage fret kings, you may make free with it.

September 1956


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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 19, 2015



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