“why i feed the birds” by Richard Vargas

Sharing this especially for my dear friend Jeanne who will know why this particular poem is so special, and that I am thinking of her. Also, Christina at Words for the Year is awesome and posts WORDS that are always worthy of reading.

Today is Earth Day, people. Go out and feed a bird or two!

Words for the Year

i saw my grandmother hold out
her hand cupping a small offering
of seed to one of the wild sparrows
that frequented the bird bath she
filled with fresh water every day

she stood still
maybe stopped breathing
while the sparrow looked
at her, then the seed
then back as if he was
judging her character

he jumped into her hand
began to eat
she smiled

a woman holding
a small god

“why i feed the birds” by Richard Vargas from Guernica, Revisited. © Press 53, 2014.

*for my grandmother, who loved to feed the birds and who passed that love to me

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9 thoughts on ““why i feed the birds” by Richard Vargas

  1. That’s a message I always drum into my children when Winter is coming-for the birds it’s life-or-death time, and we can make a difference in them making it or not.


  2. Sharing food with other creatures or indeed just being able to be near them is like a gift. The trust spent on their behalf must be large. To have a bird spring up and down in your hand is just splendid.B


  3. thanks for posting my poem. just reminding everyone it is available in my new book of poetry, Guernica, revisited, available thru amazon, or Press 53. i wrote a whole series of “milgro” poems, mostly about the peace and beauty of nature. hope you check it out.


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