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  • Poem of the Day: Sparrow Trapped in the Airport
    Never the bark and abalone mask
    cracked by storms of a mastering god,
    never the gods’ favored glamour, never
    the pelagic messenger bearing orchards
    in its beak, never allegory, not wisdom
    or valor or cunning, much less hunger
    demanding vigilance, industry, invention,
    or the instinct to claim some small rise
    above the plain and from there to assert
    the song of another day ending;
    lentil brown, uncounted, overlooked
    in the clamorous public of the flock
    so unlikely to be noticed here by arrivals,
    faces shining with oils of their many miles,
    where it hops and scratches below
    the baggage carousel and lights too high,
    too bright for any real illumination,
    looking more like a fumbled punch line
    than a stowaway whose revelation
    recalls how lightly we once traveled.

    Source: Poetry November 2005

    Averill Curdy

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