A Woman Holding a Small God


i saw my grandmother hold out
her hand cupping a small offering
of seed to one of the wild sparrows
that frequented the bird bath she
filled with fresh water every day

she stood still
maybe stopped breathing
while the sparrow looked
at her, then the seed
then back as if he was
judging her character

he jumped into her hand
began to eat
she smiled

a woman holding
a small god

3 thoughts on “A Woman Holding a Small God

  1. Hi Allan

    Thanks for posting this. It was a challenge to fit the painting into the poem. But then I love challenges:). But in this painting, I too have a simple message. What is in the hand is known to the bird and the person. It is based on the trust between the bird and the hand, and whether the bird is willing to accept the gift. Hence I hope despite all odds that in life, we will trust each other. Only then peace will prevail in nature.

    Please continue to challenge me;)

  2. Interesting title Beena. And I like Richard Vargas poem too. He says ‘woman offering seeds to the sparrow ‘ is akin to we making offerings to God. Because we trust in God. And your painting says it all. Nature is always close to God. Nature thrives when man doesn’t interfere but respects it . The balance of nature that is meant to be. Sadly human beings have lost this sense of being in harmony with nature thus the immense suffering in the world today. Maybe man has to learn to to be simple to be happy like the woman who is feeding and that bird that is eating seeds from her palm.

    1. Hi Nila thanks for all your comments. The poem was posted by Allan. I painted to fit the poem, no easy task;). Hope you will continue to visit the site and read the poems.


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