Flowing Ink

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enjoy my ever-changing existence through this wondrous world of words

Message to Readers

we have a lot of sparrows on staten island, especially in the slightly more natural spaces. i kinda relate to the little guys, just getting on day by day in a big, scary world. bah, i'm getting sentimental. feedback is welcome.


July 26, 2020

the little sparrows that flutter around the towering buildings
muddied brown and bespotten, nimbly hopping upon the pavement
as easily spooked as the pigeons that roost upon the streetlamps
ready to play tug of war over abandoned breadcrumbs with their brethren
common little vermin to the general crowds who shoo the braves ones away from their lunch.
I see myself in that fluttering speckled breast, desperate for survival,
my own invisibility in the dusty feathers
that blend into the trees and ivy crawling upon fences
my longing for freedom in the simple elegance of a soaring wing.
the resourceful little creatures somehow
became a part of the manmade monstrosity that we live.
ah, to seamlessly fly with speed and tenacity in the soul
alas, I am less skilled than the sparrows in that department.


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  • Rachaelgrace (hiatus) :)

    This is lovely!

    7 months ago
  • KBridget

    This is amazing. Congrats Emma!

    7 months ago
  • Paisley Blue

    The imagery and words and emotion in this--it leaves me breathless! This is beautiful. Amazing job!

    7 months ago
  • Bhavya's Treasure

    "play tug of war over abandoned breadcrumbs with their brethren" Such a cute image it is! And the last line seems so honest and is wrapped up in longing!
    Congrats for being featured. :)

    7 months ago
  • Huba Huba

    Short and sweet!

    7 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    OoOoOoOo sooo goodddd!

    7 months ago
  • Sonia Crane

    Wow this is beautiful. Very impactful. Congratulations! :)

    7 months ago
  • Stone of Jade

    this is so beautiful!! your imagery is so so so perfect <3 Congrats for being featured!!!

    7 months ago