Wild Life

  1. I was walking past the bird feeder and the finch never moved.
  2. Went away, came back, and still it was there.
  3. Is it hurt? I wondered.
  4. I edged closer, and it didn't fly away.
  5. Suddenly it occurred to me that it might be partly blind.
  6. I crept around its side and looked at its eye. It was closed or missing.
  7. It had lost feathers from its breast, and the skin looked red and raw.
  8. I felt sorry for it. But it was too sick to rescue, too small to save.
  9. Then it turned its head and saw me with its good eye and flew chirping away.