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Sparrow for a Heart

When I was young, I had a sparrow for a heart and a redwing's eyes

And I left my home made of sticks and stones from the falling skies

Run, run, all the colors of the rainbow spun out: red, green, blue

Be still my heart, don't start, don't start bleeding too

When I am old, would you carry my bones to the blood-red sea?

Don't let the earthworms and carrion crows get the best of me

Green, green, and red, and blue were the colors no more

Only beating wings, a sparrow sings

And it makes my heart soar.

Sparrow For A Heart by Abigail Lappell

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