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The Wild Child

There came no blackbird to nest in your claw-hand,
Kevin, or fledge a brood strange and sun-shunned
as you in the cold, cooped, dirt and straw
strakes where you lay down in first abandon.
Awake at cock-crow, banty lullabied,
your wretched scratch of years in netted dark
appalled - appals. 
Humanity denied is always local.
All you'd come to know was taken from you -
twice. They say you missed the feathery air
and turned your little ears to catch the coo
of pigeons on the roof. Can you despair?
The pity is, you never learned to play,
the mercy is, you never learned to pray.

Copyright © James Mills | Year Posted 2010


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  1. Date: 12/6/2015 1:03:00 PM

    James, Enjoyed reading your poem today. LUV **SKAT**
  1. Date: 11/30/2010 10:02:00 AM

    can feel the loneliness
  1. Date: 11/22/2010 10:49:00 AM

    I would like to welcome you to PoetrySoup. Wishing you the best in your writing endeavors. You can look to the left side of the main page and find lots of information on PoetrySoup including contests by members of PoetrySoup and contests by the PoetrySoup site also which you as a new member and us oldies also may enter. If you have questions please feel free to ask ANYONE here. We are ALL willing to help and if we don't know the answer we will find someone who does. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 11/21/2010 4:34:00 AM

    Welcome to Poetry Soup.. enjoyed reading your poetry tonight with its creative theme... hope your time on Soup will be special and fun... as u enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.. we were all WIld one time in life.. a great piece luv..
  1. Date: 11/20/2010 11:05:00 AM

    enjoyed your wild child poem James,,..p.d.