Updated on December 3, 2018
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Verlie Burroughs is a west coast writer from Vancouver Island.



A vivid green tiny bird lighted on my shoulder unwittingly, suddenly, as if dropped from the veil when I stepped out the door, then fell, directly in front of me and just sat there perplexed, I was too, what to do, dropped the bags I was carrying, to study this happening here at my feet the bird tumbled neat. I feared for his safety so vulnerable in the open, his beak was gaping, a yellow crown on his head, and his legs bright red, looked intact. The neighbor quickly snapped a picture while I scrambled back up the steps to find something to nest it an egg carton seemed best, and I picked up the guest gently to rest in the egg size cardboard cup, closed the lid, I just did what I did, as a murder of crows watched in rows from the lines above and behind. I couldn't leave him there so went in the car, and we drove pretty far to the animal shelter where the med at the desk said nature is best *you shoulda left him*, I told her I know but I thought if I could know more on his state was he broken or okay, I could maybe take him back to fly away, so she softened and called dr who greeted the egg carton creature took him in for a look and the bird flew like a rook all around the examining room and was caught in a net by the quick thinking vet, and delivered outside where he flew to the sky, that was it.

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    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 days ago from Canada

      Li-Jen Thanks so much. I appreciate your taking the time to read, it was a bit of an adventure for me, and the bird.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      6 days ago

      Hey Verlie. That was sweet of you to do a kind deed like that. It's the little things like this incident that add value to our day. Thanks!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 days ago from Canada

      Thank you manatita, I suppose you had to be there. peace Brother.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 days ago from Canada

      Happy Holidays to you Paula! Thanks so much.

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      8 days ago from london

      Short, sweet, succinct tale. Kept you occupied, I suppose. We never know what's to come. Cute bird. I suppose the vet's idea was useful.

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      8 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Verlie....Too sweet and touching for words. "Happy Holidays." Peace, Paula

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      9 days ago from Canada

      Aw, thank you dear Maria, maybe an angel watching over me giving me a nudge now and then.

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      Maria Jordan 

      10 days ago from Jeffersonville PA

      You have the heart of an angel, dear V.

      This sweet story brought tears to my eyes. Hugs, Maria

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Hi Rinita, Thank you for finding the Finch story. I don't know if I had a choice, there seemed no other option at the time. Yes, this is the same one I wrote about last week. I got a lot of mileage out of this little bird lol. I'm happy you like the delivery.

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      Rinita Sen 

      11 days ago

      Oh, is this the same little guy you posted 10w on couple of weeks ago? And he was a Finch? How wonderful! You are a warm person to have taken him for an examination when you could have just let him be. You are a true lover of nature, my friend.

      P.S. liked your narration style, there's something dreamy about the delivery even though it is grounded in reality.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Hi Peg, You know it! That feeling of hope, and helplessness, I'm happy your bird recovered, and had a 'friend' there for support. Thanks so much dear lady.

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      Peg Cole 

      11 days ago from Dallas, Texas

      Birdie with the yellow bill

      Standing on my window sill. . .

      What a lovely story of beauty, rescue and flight. Sweet.

      Last week a dove flew smack into the front of my house. The noise was so loud the dogs ran to the window and barked.

      He wobbled and flopped around on the deck for a few scary moments before regaining his composure. Then he walked about, growing stronger by the step and took off with a friend into the sky.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Thank you very much Mark!

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      Mark Tulin 

      11 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Such a pretty little bird. The way you portrayed its vulnerability was beautiful. Mark

    • snakeslane profile imageAUTHOR

      Verlie Burroughs 

      11 days ago from Canada

      Aw, Bill, thank you so much. Really, I appreciate you reading. There is no poetry without you, the reader.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful communing with nature, up close and personal. I'm kind of jealous. :) And I love your heart for caring so much.


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