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On Rescuing An Injured Pigeon

sliding screen door screeches, pigeons scatter
thump of wing against breast, shockwave breeze
more frequent than in the past, shimmering necks
soundtrack squirrel zig-zags, new-green lawn
perches like the pigeons, await my departure

he appeared in the night, a tattered statue
grey as the rumbling skies, white patch on his back
must be hurt, too painful to move, teal collar
my compassion swells, how can I help?
leave him seed and water, natural healing

red-toed demon leaving bird-turd on my deck
can barely walk let alone fly away, railing perch
rain or sun sits most of the day, ruffled feathers
hit his head or fallen, maybe a scuffle with a cat
wants to be part of a flock, I move closer

day three I made him a coop, Bucky by name
Becky if it’s a girl, I’m not checkin’, won’t go in
moving better, flies a little, short bursts
still prefers my perch, watch him sleep, still
hours to days, nothing seems to change

the four-legged’s have found the coop and feed		
I become my grandmother chasing chipmunks, futile
Bucky likes grass, hacksaw walk, double-banded
looks strong enough to fly, abandoned racer
wonder, is it psychological or could it me?

trail of seeds brought him to the edge, coop and me
as I watch him he watches me, wide ruddy eyes
huddles in a ball on one foot, freckled vest
finally, twice today he found his way to the coop
sad he can’t go home, sheltered but dispossessed.

animal rescuer Howard came with a net today
tried clumsily to catch him, lift and accelerate
over the treetops he flew, circled back to land
from the rooftop he smiled down at us, relieved
proof time heals all wounds, in rock pigeon world.

Aug 30/18

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Date: 1/17/2019 9:21:00 AM
Phil, wow and wow, what a great write, I was glued to each word wanting to know what happened next, loved how you presented your story of the injured pigeon and was touched by your compassion, a fav for sure, as an animal lover and protector, for me this was just wonderful to read this morning, it made my day ~
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Phil Capitano
Date: 1/18/2019 7:34:00 AM
Aw, thanks, I love all creatures and we have a menagerie in our backyard on a daily basis; squirrels, wild turkeys, birds of all kinds, deer even the occasional bear or moose. We are all part of the same whole. Thanks for the great comment, DH.
Date: 1/2/2019 12:11:00 PM
This is such a dear poem Phil! People who have compassion for animals also have compassion for their for their fellow man/woman. I enjoyed your tale and the outcome. It drew me in. My daughter is a nurse but could easily have been a vet.A wonderful poem! : ) xxoo
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Date: 1/3/2019 7:22:00 AM
Thanks Connie, I really do appreciate your feedback. Compassion and empathy are far too infrequent in this what-can-you-do-for-me-world. All the best for you and your family in 2019. Namaste.
Date: 12/30/2018 7:30:00 AM
Amazing! this is so nice ! :) Special! I once saved a humming bird. Then it sat on my hand, not wanting to fly away. But it finally did. It was amazing :)
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Date: 12/30/2018 7:35:00 AM
Thanks Heidi for stopping by and commenting. Compassion, for poets, should be an easy fit and a love for nature be inherent.
Date: 12/24/2018 3:09:00 PM
Ahh!! I liked this one. If it had a tag, it might have been someone's pet bird. I am glad that time healed his wounds. Sara
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Date: 10/14/2018 10:59:00 PM
aw, I love this! I always love to hear about someone helping an injured animal, it shows that they have compassion. The poem drew me in, eager to find out what happens to Bucky (Becky?), I'm glad it had a happy ending. My favorite line: "I become my grandmother chasing chipmunks" lol Thanks for sharing this!
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Date: 10/15/2018 7:39:00 AM
Thanks Becca, he went from an annoyance to part of the family (kinda like your little brother who stole your hockey cards, lol). Have a great day.
Date: 10/10/2018 7:19:00 AM
Great, sensitive write. Love it!
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Date: 10/15/2018 7:40:00 AM
Thanks Joe, I appreciate your comments.
Date: 8/31/2018 1:33:00 AM
A fabulous write with a wonderful ending, Phil. T.J
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Date: 8/31/2018 6:10:00 AM
Thanks T.J. for stopping by and commenting. Have a great day.
Date: 8/30/2018 5:50:00 AM
He was smiling at you :) Enjoyed! I love pigeons. Good luck in the contest Phil! xomo
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Date: 8/30/2018 3:51:00 PM
Thanks Mo :)