The measure of life

sparrow

What sparrows know –
       that everything is timed
to perfection
       that once the cusp is passed
the green leaves
       will start to droop
their colour will seep away
       and they will gather dust
and hang yellow and lethargic
       in the late summer air

What sparrows know –
       that there’s a time to nest
and a time for fledglings
       to find their wings
and to take flight
       and that only love
across all seasons
        has the measure of life

John Lyons

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