Poems: Little sparrow & I was you

Love takes flight in Adelaide-born poet Adam’s two contributions for this week’s Poet’s Corner.

Oct 20, 2021, updated Oct 20, 2021

Little sparrow

Little sparrow in my heart:
seems as if we soon will part.
Stay inside for some time more
though your flutters make me sore.

Little sparrow: chant your tune.
Seems as if you’re leaving soon.
Break my heart just one more day
for the girl that’s gone away.

Little sparrow: when you leave,
taking with you all I grieve,
take the ache within my chest.
Wait before you take the rest.

Leave me with the thought of her
long enough to feel it stir.
Little sparrow: then you may
take it all and fly away.

I was you

I was you
and you were me
and that’s the way we wrapped ourselves in love –

our silken case

that hatched a memory
flying back to me from time to time.

Though love did not survive,
it didn’t die
but grew the wings of
something else I need not understand

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that flies to me from time to time

to reassure, to let me know it never died

then sails away,
thanking me, I’m sure, for having let it go.

Adam is an Adelaide-born poet and founder of the Tatenda open mic poetry event. He has published two books of poetry. His latest publication, “Best Not Talk About It”, a collection of political essays, is set for release this month. More of his poetry can be found here.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to [email protected]. Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.


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