lessons from a bird, again

swallow cool

1. self-healing:

first, you breathe.
then, gently, take stock of your wounds, your fever,
whatever is not well.

if you’ve been in shock, shake it off,
violently, with every muscle in your body,
don’t give it purchase to haunt you,
let it go entirely, now. it’s over.

next, find a warm, quiet, safe place,
near water, and
rest. as long as it takes.

that’s all.

2. healing others:

fend off the danger, get the obstacles
to the other’s self-healing out of the way.

bring fresh food and warm liquids.

let the other know you’re there, close by,
and sing your empathy and love.

no more, no less than that.

photo by the author

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7 Responses to lessons from a bird, again

  1. Jon Husband says:

    Lovely, and to-the-point concise.

  2. So lovely, perfect, as previous comment says, “to-the-point concise.”

    Thank you for this!

  3. Sue says:

    You know how some pieces of writing make you go quiet, in a good way? This does that for me. Gorgeous.

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  5. Dave Pollard says:

    Thanks for the kind comments and e-mails I have received on this post. Readers may know I have been shifting from writing non-fiction to more creative work in recent months. Historically I’ve almost always had more positive comments on my non-fiction. Perhaps the creative writing practice is finally paying off! I really do appreciate the encouragement.

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