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On Rescuing An Injured Pigeon

ON RESCUING AN INJURED PIGEON I. 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 II. 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 III. 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 IV. 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 V. 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? VI. 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. VII. 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: 10/29/2019 9:34:00 AM
Wonderful write Phil! Thank you for sharing';)
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Date: 9/23/2019 4:50:00 PM
Is this based on a true story? I like the way you did the layout.
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Phil Capitano
Date: 9/24/2019 7:16:00 AM
Yes it is a true story; each segment represents roughly one day.
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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Phil Capitano
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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Phil Capitano
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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Phil Capitano
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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Phil Capitano
Date: 10/15/2018 7:40:00 AM
Thanks Joe, I appreciate your comments.
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 :)