Migratory Birds

I had to set him free
because refusing the sky to a bird
is cruelty and selfishness,
and clipping its wings with mine
would be prolonged torture.

I can’t look at anything blue
without hearing his song
and every tree is a reminder
of promises we failed to keep.

I still put seeds on the bird feeder
and leave my windows open though,
for the day he realises where home is.

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Migratory Birds

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