makes wrong move
and slips from nest,
splashing into frigid, flowing water.
It defies the odds by swimming to shore,
to die like this,
letting nature take its predestined course?
Its parents have done just this__turn away.
Pick up the pain
in my hands-
succumbs to death
three days later-
they are such fragile, finicky creatures.
Was there a point in prolonging its death?
What is three days
in the grand
wondering what my true intentions were.
The baby swallow had been a fighter,
so I must have
had tried to
help it survive,
merely prolonging its death by three days.
I can only pray that if I fall hard,
those helping hands
will hold the