After being cooped up in a very small nest between an
unused chimney and the roof, right over a human bedroom
growing bodies and spreading wings begin to stretch needing more room
keeping the humans awake during the night
Suddenly, this morning, they were pushed out of the dark
down onto the damp grass from a night’s rain
Mom screams at the top of her lungs, encouraging them like a
drill instructor until they figure out how to move
using their legs, hop, run, oh, and fly!
Or it is fluttering, flopping, flithering…no!
Six fluffy sparrow bodies, delicate, gentle, not sure yet of what to do
slowly peck at the ground as Mom and Dad demonstrate, then
fly up to the feeder one by one with a parent and
hang on for dear life, but soon learn to peck at seeds
Mom swallows seeds speedily and turns to feed a big baby
near her, then the young cadet imitates, pecking at the ground
The little platoon must leave when bigger birds arrive.