Beginnings and Endings


 

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The day before Christmas, the lifeless body of a robin
lay, supine, among clods of frozen dirt
in the bare, raised bed of our vegetable garden.

His breast, striated with not-quite crimson plumage—
plump, yet breathless, lay still, where only weeks ago
plump crimson tomatoes prospered, awaited harvesting.

I cradled his body in my hand, resting in the folds
of a plastic bag that, just yesterday, held apples,
tied it tight before consigning it to a barrel caching autumn leaves.

That night we sipped champagne, feted birth,
celebrated promises fulfilled again each day,
awaited the coming of light that would dispel the darkness.

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11 thoughts on “Beginnings and Endings

  1. What a beautiful write.. the robin just like all living thing will come to an end…

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  2. lynn__ says:

    A sigh for the poor robin…. and a clink to your glass, Happy New Year!

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  3. Ayala says:

    The circle of life, a lovely write.

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  4. The circle of life that will forever continue. I’m glad you cradled him Vick. Wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2015.

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  5. I love the poem, but cringe at the thought of the millennia it will take that plastic bag to disappear.

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  7. wolfsrosebud says:

    there is always such a tug between life and death… promises of the Father are so sweet… nice write

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  8. Life in all its manifestations – the garden, the robin, the years end – a lovely and quiet poem, Victoria. Hope that 2015 holds many joys for you and yours. K

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  9. I like that idea of beginnings coming from an ending somewhere. Hope you had a great Christmas Victoria, best wishes for 2015.

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  10. Susan says:

    Yikes! The disposable and the indisposable changing places.

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  11. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Beautiful & sad, ringing with truth; a touching piece for all of us as 2015 readies itself to begin.

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