Sparrows

Marilyn Humbert

Sound is muted
in evening’s half-light
feathers in flurries
a cantrip of sparrows
whisks the air.
I watch the flock, 
a knot unties 
pleats, braids, folds
a brown pattern of beating wings
that ebbs and flows
wave on wave
towards the barn’s eaves.



Marilyn Humbert lives in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Her tanka and haiku appear in international and Australian journals, anthologies and online. Her free verse poems have been awarded prizes in competitions, published online, in anthologies and journals most recently  Black Bough Deep Time 2, and FemAsia Magazine.

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