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29th December 2010

By Mark Brayley | 2010 December 29

A chink of truth
slipped through a crack
in the spectacle.
A small boy was charged
to hold a dove
and release it to fly
free above the parade.
Only, he was so anxious
to do his duty right
he held the dove too tight.
He had seen it
fly before and he knew
that it wasn’t really tame;
beautiful, yes, but not tame.
When he opened his hands
to release hope and love
the dove didn’t move;
he had crushed the life out of it.
Looking back,
I nearly did the same.

Devotion, Anticipation, Birds

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