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Feeding the Birds

My morning retirement ritual,
Provides breakfast to the birds on my street. 
Food for fowl, silencing bellies that growl,
Watching the many hundreds gather near,
Huddled together on branches they meet,
With a calm patience we’ve learned to revere.

Feeding the birds of every pedigree,
Flying things, all sizes, colors, and shapes.
Hungry beaks, vibrant feathers, sharp clawed feet,
Small Finches and Wrens, large Sparrows come round.
Harmoniously singing us awake,
Their only care: yummy seeds on the ground.

My morning retirement ritual,
Feeding the birds of every pedigree.

1)  Sonnet written in Anapestic Pentameter



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  1. Date: 4/6/2014 11:31:00 AM

    A wonderful tribute to birds that are fed as well as other animals (feral cats, raccoons, etc.) I think it evokes meditative feeling in the feeding of animals kinda like god like. Great Write!
  1. Date: 4/6/2014 7:51:00 AM

    I too put out some food for the birds in my rural home..I enjoy seeing them from my window enjoying the seed freely placed out there for them..Great work about the chosen topic....Sara
  1. Date: 4/5/2014 1:33:00 PM

    Michael, this was done so well and speaks about your heart. So glad I read it!