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I am held in the comfort of your hands, softly, as the small,  broken wings of a bird.
No cooing is heard as token words cannot fill my breathless need.  Your caress
soothes murmurings of a grieving heart as leaf  brushes leaf.

MVC-005SPhoto by Jacqueline Casey.

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27 Comments on ““Sympathy””

  1. M. L. Sexton
    May 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    This was beautiful. Great take on the prompt.


  2. thewizardsword
    May 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Beautifully crafted.


  3. fatgirlinboxinggloves
    May 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Powerful last line.

    “As leaf brushes leaf.” Beautiful.


  4. C.C.
    May 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    There is such a gentleness to the way this flows together.


  5. chamblee54
    May 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    Words never quite work for filling needs.


  6. Marcy
    May 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Great description–this is so sad.


  7. Jennifer G. Knoblock
    May 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    I love these natural images–the bird’s wings and the leaves. I can feel those textures through your words.


  8. Suzanne
    May 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Beautifully done! I love the tactile nature of your imagery.


  9. Sarah Ann
    May 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    So beautiful – those supporting hands so nurturing.


    • jacquelinecaseypoetry
      May 27, 2014 at 1:33 am #

      Thank you, Sarah Ann… I have a picture I took many years ago of my teenage son holding, very carefully, a fallen bird in the cup of his hands. That was the image I pictured in my mind as I wrote this poem.


  10. theinnerzone
    May 27, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    This is a gorgeous piece. Lovely writing.


  11. irtwaddle
    May 27, 2014 at 12:35 am #

    Excellent. Reminds me of a folky song lyric. Maybe Iron & Wine. Loved it though.


  12. Shailaja /Doting Mom
    May 27, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    I admire the idea that sometimes words are not needed. All we need is a hug or a caress to make us feel better. There is a certain warmth in the words. Beautiful.


  13. jetgirlcos
    May 27, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    I really like the image of holding a broken bird…it’s just beautiful.


  14. Psych Babbler
    May 27, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    Beautiful words…so poetic.


  15. Jo-Anne Teal (@jtvancouver)
    May 27, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    The entire piece is lovingly written, but that first line is beyond wonderful. It made my heart squish.


  16. KymmInBarcelona
    May 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    Such a gentle, lovely piece, ‘leaf brushes leaf’ particularly so.


  17. innatejames
    May 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    so much pain in such a quiet poem. And the metaphor of a broken bird is rendered perfectly. Thanks for this!


  18. Christine
    May 27, 2014 at 7:33 pm #

    Jackie, this is so heartfelt and sad, but the last line in particular is just lovely. Very sweet tribute to your husband – thank you for sharing it with all of us.


  19. Ann Bennett (@AnnBennett12)
    May 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    The final line, leaf brushing leaf really conveyed the message. Lovely.


  20. searchingforsubstance
    May 27, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    so poetic. lovely.


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