As if condemned for drabness

Buff, beige, dun,

we flushed them from the ivy

their flight the height of fun.

Much later on the roadway flocked

a dust bath, sheer delight,

I too in ashes understood

Their beauty and their plight.

Next, flushed from my ivy mask

I watched the sparrows rise

and shape themselves to a fish

most wonderful surprise,

Ah! Little Gospel, softly read,

many sparrows is my daily bread.


From Brendan Connolly's anthology, The Bridle Path,

prepared for publication and edited by Brian Bingham,

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