Windward Review

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Volume 18, 2021

Joshua Bridgwater Hamilton

Discoveries

A hatchling

fell from the eaves

where the starlings

roost. The folded

leather

and scruff

lurched towards my daughter’s stroller—

the thatchy feathers

revealing its tiny bulb of blood

and tissue underneath.

“Uh-oh,”

daughter

too young to understand

what those failing footsteps meant.

My wife and I

conferred: caretaking,

empathy, short lesson

long on loss;

or added burden

to a taut schedule

(shoebox, bedding, feeder).

I glove my hands

and place the bird

in a patch of grass—

a guilty,

underwhelming

farewell.

Civility + You

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