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ode to feathers

hen-feather-soft

fallen gracefully from the soft, thick downy place
that keeps eggs warm and babies cozy
and makes me giggle as it saunters with it’s sisters across the lawn

i lean down to gently pick it up from the grass
and marvel at its countless strands and intricate patterns
and to wonder at a new definition of softness
as I brush it over my hand and feel nothing but the breeze

oh, to capture these strands and spin them into the finest of yarns
to knit into a soft downy quilt in which to bury myself
and sleep through the night as safe and warm
as a chick under her mama hen

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