For Nyia Page. "and among the scattering of feathers/only her tiny tracks remain."
for Nyia Page
Tiny feet twitter where in Spring
the swings will greet new critters
and new kids. The young bird wakens
from her sleep looking for her mother
but it's not meant to be. Only wings
of white surround her. She wanders 'round
and soon no chirrups, no chitters,
no sound comes from the woody knoll
and among the scattering of feathers
only her tiny tracks remain.
© Kåre Enga [163.571] February, 2007.
Nyia Page (2005-2007) was found frozen in a woody knoll in Braddock Pennsylvania, ten minutes from her house. She was wearing a sweater and diapers. She was 23 months old.
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Author's note to self: original in blog entry: "Footprints in the snow, in memory of Nyia Page"