Fallen Sparrow – St John’s Churchyard Lent 1985

Matthew 10 v. 29

Purple in the service. Sandstone stores
the last of summer up. Loose leaves drift in
beneath the lych-gate where a sparrow lies –
attracting ants. Wings lifted by the wind.
Sunlight in the circles of his claws.

Cheering news today – a spokesman for
the Pentagon said many may survive
the ticking-geiger times of future wars –
ten, twelve percent perhaps provided they
dig now and deep and far enough away.

God knows He’ll be a busy Being calling
eighty eight percent to Glory where
we’ll hope that in the glow that follows He
remembers where the lych- gate used to be
and has the time to notice sparrows falling.

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