The Birds of Earth

by Stephen Paden

I am a bird above a man
a witness to misery that his peers will never know
but I know it
he reaches into the sky
passion his mechanism
his life a slideshow before his dying eyes
his universe important
his thoughts paramount
he releases the seed of love, passion, knowledge
into the air with a last breath
he does not have much time
i take flight and circle him
i witness desperation
something left for the world
but not for me
i lift my head and see a worm crawling from a hole
life!
it heads toward this new means to continue
to give heritage to a world
an earth that cannot live without him or me

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