To Take Flight

winter came.
too soon;
the bird sang ~
and stood,
frozen,
on the dying lake.

after a lifetime
of guidelines,
it still
hadn’t learned
to follow the rules.

it showed the snow
its cold shoulder,
shook off the stupor;
cast the wind
an icy stare
and took off
to warm its wings
elsewhere.

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photo credits: flickr.com

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