All day wondering if I’ve become useless

illustration of an osprey carrying sticks in the air
Art by Kristina Closs

“Brocade”

by Jane Hirshfield

All day wondering
if I’ve become useless.

All day the osprey
white and black,
carrying
big dry sticks without leaves.

Late, I say to my pride,

You think you’re the feathered part
of this don’t you?

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One thought on “All day wondering if I’ve become useless

  1. Beautiful poem. A bit dark. Especially for someone old. Not building nests any longer, but enjoying the updrafts of my grandchildren, watching them build their nests.

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