The nestlings bicker
until one by one they test
new wings and fly

not far
not out of sight
not yet.

And returning one by one
in twos or threes
they fill the old place

and we pretend
that nothing has changed
the call the ties

but each time
the leaving launch is smoother
the flight further

and the heart clutches
at the trailing thread
grown so tenuous
almost one with the blue.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

12 thoughts on “Leaving”

    1. I’ve only had one finished college. The following three dropped out (twice) and don’t have proper jobs, nor are they interested in getting one. They’re all still floating. I hope the youngest sticks with it.

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