House sparrow

House sparrow

Sparrow
by Wendell Berry

A sparrow is
his hunger organized.
Filled, he flies
before he knows he’s going to.
And he dies by the
same movement: filled
with himself, he goes
by the eye-quick
reflex of his flesh
out of sight,
leaving his perfect
absence without a thought.

On my recent trip to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Santuary, I saw at least four kinds of sparrows of the 35 kinds that live in the United States. Here are some photos: