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A Poem: A Field Guide to the House Sparrow

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House Sparrows mate for life,
the keeping of the nest
becomes their bond.
So famously sexed
it’s said they carried
Aphrodite’s chariot.

Uncaged in Brooklyn,
delivered by boat
at 11 months
you too Margaret, adapted well
in this city of immigrants.

If a nestling chick loses
its mother or father
another sparrow,
hearing the babe’s cries,
will bring food.

Now that you are gone
if my begging murmurs are heard
will Hestia come?

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