Not the Sparrows

from by Joseph Tennant

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not the sparrows but the vultures get their way
not the children but adults show naivete
not the beggar but the passerby can thrive
not the hopeless but the fortunate survive

if i could soar like the eagles and make it right
i would i would
if i could sing like the robin with peace in mind
i would i would i would

not the distraught but the flourishing get aid
not the outcast but the tyrant can tirade
not the displaced but the neighbor is received
not the honest but the liar is believed

a gentle mind with the purest thoughts can sing
or the poets with the honest lines they bring
or a painter in the beauty that they see
these bring us hope pull us from calamity


from Sojourner, Wandering, released January 11, 2017



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