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Fledgling: An Assay

Little one

orphaned wanderer

fallen from your home

I hold you gently in my hand

humbled to the core.


Pray your wing is not broken,

nor your fright greater than mine.

In your great splendor

I ache to see you stretch out 

your wings and soar
impervious to fear.


I pray, too 

that each breath of wind 

kisses you, and you 

greet the world, carrying the 

dance-like echo of my heartbeats.

And every dream unveiled
 in my words,

until the world drops away

and you enter eternity.


Little wanderer

where is your home?

I long to see you soar,

all my thoughts fly with you.


—Stephen Cipot