Saturday, September 27, 2014

Well, this is poignant.

The Fledgling

So, art thou feathered, art thou flown,
Thou naked thing?--and canst alone
Upon the unsolid summer air
Sustain thyself, and prosper there?

Shall I no more with anxious note
Advise thee through the happy day,
Thrusting the worm into thy throat,
Bearing thine excrement away?

Alas, I think I see thee yet,
Perched on the windy parapet,
Defer thy flight a moment still
To clean thy wing with careful bill.

And thou art feathered, thou art flown;
And hast a project of thine own.

-Edna St. Vincent Millay

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