we tried

birds mourn she says as we walk
through the bright bright bright
of sun thrown of the still there but
rapidly melting snow
with the body of a dead robin
(wrapped in fabric)
taking turns being carried
by one of us and then the other
back to it’s other robin people
where we try to say that
we tried to help
about the bird we took in yesterday
and gave warmth and food to
without realizing he was impaled
through his hip/torso
by a stick/thick grass
meaning: we provided the best hospice we could
without knowing there was an injury to tend to

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