The Bird

By Avalon Kelly

She had big dreams of touching the sky

So she learned, she practiced

And finally, she was ready

But when she began to fly, they laughed and looked away

“Another silly little bird,” they say,

“Doesn’t she know she belongs on the ground?”

They blew great winds, they gave her doubts

And sent a storm her way

She tumbled down from the sky

And snapped her wing as she landed

“See, we knew all along—

A little bird like her could never reach our height”

They chuckle from their perch on an old, white oak