Like the Fish and the Bird (Poetry)

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“Like the Fish and the Bird” was written for an assignment during my Sophomore year of High School. But, it was good enough that I kept it for my poetry collection.

The man works the hard, cold ground

As the woman stares at the hard, cold stars

Dimly lighting the vast field around

There is a river and there is a tree

The river flowing through the hard, cold ground

And the tree standing below the hard, cold stars

The man’s arms hardened as the ground he works.

The woman’s stare cold as the night sky

And while man and woman look on life in despise

A bird avoiding the hard, cold ground

Lays her eggs in the tree

As a fish leaps unnetted in sunrise

On her treacherous way upstream

The man, and the woman,

Sit on their front porch

Looking at the tree and the river

Wondering why they can’t live their lives

So much easier and simpler

As do the Fish and the Bird

~ Amelia <3

Written 9-5-2003

Amelia Desertsong is a former content marketing specialist turned essayist and creative nonfiction author. She writes articles on many niche hobbies and obscure curiosities, pretty much whatever tickles her fancy.
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