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When I Had My Feathers

August 8, 2011
By Echinacea8 GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
Echinacea8 GOLD, Richmond, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Somebody said that it couldn't be done, but he with a chuckle replied that maybe it couldn't [and maybe it shouldn't], but he wouldn't be the one to say so until he tired" - Edgar Albert Guest

Before I had my feathers
I would stare at the sky;
see - birds flying, rising, colliding singing,shying,venturing -
and shout,“I will live to suck the marrow of life!”

Before I had my feathers
my Pulsing, Rhythmic red laid bare to the light
protected only by my pure down
“Surely, I will live to see the treetops.”

Then I flew.




- becoming stronger, thicker, opaque

And while winging across a whispering cloth of blue,
green fronds concealing, this liquid mirror buried deep; I saw

The wings I had so long sought -
were featherless.

the crystalline sky -

And as the silk disappeared,
the sky fell from me

In a cloud of shed feathers.

The author's comments:
I wrote this truthfully in annoyance. So many people say, "I'm too young to change anything" or "When I'm older-" But really, It's when you're young that you have the hope and optimism necessary to create change and if you wait too long you'll end up looking back on your life and seeing you already had all that you needed in the first place. So remember, "never believe that one man can't change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Thanks for putting up with my little tirade :)

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