Wednesday, January 28, 2009

If Memories were Sparrows...

If memories were sparrows
I'd capture them,
Those who,
wild and unexpected,
flit in and out of my mind.

They need to be sorted
gone over, studied.
They need to be separated,
those good from those bad.

It's time,
though hard,
to destroy.
To once and for all
remove forever,
those whose presence
deadens the heart.

The good, then,
may come and go
with a will of their own.
They may be looked upon
with a sweet expression,
may be touched and caressed.

Those sparrows may alight upon me
without fear
of my cringing in horror.
Alas, if memories were sparrows
life would be...good.
For we, then, would decide
what could not remain
and what could.


Thanks to L.L. Barkat for her inspiration. She posted a challenge here to finish a poem from which she had written the first line... hence "If memories were sparrows..."

I am new to writing poems.... haven't written them since high school English class, and now this is my second one in just a few days! You can read my other one entitled "In the Stillness" here.

L.L. has a wonderful post here on the process of writing a poem. She has been such an encouragement to me. If you have any desire whatsoever to write something like this go check out her blog for more information.

Google image of sparrow found here.


  1. Beautiful poem and picture. I love sparrows and I so enjoy pictures of them. I am learning much from L.L. too!

  2. That poem is beautiful!! I can't believe you wrote that. It really made me think about my memories. You are so talented, have a wonderful day!! :-) Leanne

  3. Oh! You found a sparrow picture. I've been wondering what to post with mine (yes, I decided I should take my own challenge too. : )

    I'm so pleased to be on this new journey of poetry-in-life and life-in-poetry with you. I have always thought of God as the great Poet and this, then, feels like participation in his creative word play.

  4. Beautiful, simply beautiful. Both the poem and the picture. I think you are discovering a new talent, my friend!

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you are having a great week!

  5. hello katrina.

    this ...

    "They need to be sorted
    gone over, studied."

    is a good work of a life.

    memories have need of our sorting and study. we have need of what we glean when we do.

  6. Your poem is lovely, Katrina. Aren't words wonderful? L.L. inspires beauty, does she not? And I am glad she led me to you. You have quite a gift of your own.

    Thank you for coming to see me at the Wellblog, and for your sweet words. They encouraged me today.


  7. That is really a moving poem. I can feel it.

  8. very lovely poem! thanks for sharing it!

  9. so beautiful. so true. so moving! I love it, and love you.

  10. I hadn't planned to write a poem today, but thanks to you I might. You're very talented and generous with it.

  11. Katrina,

    That was wonderful!! You did a great job with your challenge :O)

  12. beautiful! What a fun challenge, and I'm glad you decided to do it!


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