Sparrows

 

Our hedges are teeming

With little brown birds.

Flitting from grass to nest,

Privet to beech,

 

Darning

The green fabric

Of our garden.

Bathing in the dirt,

Lifting as one

When disturbed.

 

Sociable buggers

The little brown birds.

 

Their shrill calls

Punctuate our days.

 

We watch them

Going about their business.

 

Scuffling in the blossom.

Frotting in the bushes.

 

Watching the feeder

Like tiny hawks.

 

Peeking over the gutters,

Beaks stuffed with moss.

 

Nipping away

At our stonework.

 

Dropping

Their fledgling dead

On the driveway.

Making themselves

Comfortable

In our home.

 

Hard not to admire

The little brown birds,

 

Envy their freedom,

The habits

 

And certainties

Of their world.

 

This house is theirs

As much as ours.

 

When we leave

The little brown birds

 

Will have the place

To themselves again.

 

And they’ll wonder,

Who were those strange beings?

What did they want?

Where did they go?

The little brown birds

Won’t miss us at all.