THE LONELY SPARROW

THE LONELY SPARROW

A Poem by NeiL ArandA
"

I lie awake and I have become a lonely bird alone on a rooftop. Psalm 102:7

"



The Lonely Sparrow

I saw two small speckled sparrows

perched on a tree

Tiny and insignificant

no one seems to see.

 

Their tattered coats were brown

speckled with black

Feathers ruffled

as the wind beat upon their back.

 

Two small sparrows

that God forgot

In one stormy night

one fell and the other did not.

 

One lone speckled sparrow

went on and on

Looking in vain

for the one that was gone.

 

Its downcast eyes looked dimmed,

brokenhearted

soul achin'

but can't fly away to escape the rain.

 

Once a cheerful little bird

who enjoyed a company

There was little left to find

but the comfort of the canopy.

 

Neither a robin nor a jay

would dare come

It won't say a word

because of what it has become.

 

Mundane and indifference

forced this lone sparrow to flee

And now it has no other place to live

but on a broken tree.

 

I saw that little speckled sparrow

sitting alone on that old tree

And I cry in silence because the sparrow

was me ...


by NeiL ArandA 10/2005




© 2015 NeiL ArandA



Author's Note

NeiL ArandA


" And most of all LORD please free me from this aching metal ring and open out my cage towards the Son "

The sparrow is one of the most common birds on earth. Wherever you go you will be sure to see and hear them. The sparrow is a cheerful little bird and it is only really happy when it has company. But in Psalm 102:7 we find a lonely sparrow. The Psalmist, usually so joyful in the Lord, is feeling depressed, distressed and forsaken. He feels just like a lonely sparrow alone on a rooftop of a house.

“If you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.” ~ Jodi Picoult

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Neil, I almost cry with your story here. Why you called yourself a Lonely Sparrow.

In life, we need company. We need someone to be with us. But when that only companion we have is gone, then each moment would be sorrowful for the one left.

Neil, you are a good person. You can find someone who will go with you on that tree.

This is so moving but brilliant. The word choice, the rhyme and rhythm are exceptional. Neil, you are an exceptional poet! I salute you!

Posted 4 Years Ago


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NeiL ArandA

4 Years Ago

Thanks Dhaye for this comment. I think I have just explained to you the meaning of this piece. Its m.. read more
Dhaye

4 Years Ago

Yes, that was my review 2 weeks ago. You only read it late. Hehe. You're welcome.



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This is 2016,yet in a very long while,I have not come to read such an inspiring and touching piece...This is evergreen.


Posted 1 Year Ago


NeiL ArandA

1 Year Ago

Sorry for the late response to your comments Ms Disciple. This piece was my first entry and debut to.. read more
A very emotional write. It's a hard thing to express, but you did so beautifully.
If you want ,feel free to read my poem "God Knew Lonely".

Posted 2 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

2 Years Ago

Thank you Melinda...I would surely do that and stop by to savor your writing. This piece was my firs.. read more
Melinda McQueen

2 Years Ago

It is always great to aspire to be better. You're great at it.
This is a great piece of work! I believe everyone will be able to relate to this piece
which is sad but true, so many are dealing with life's loneliness, break-ups, abandonment,
etc... well written and executed, thanks for sharing and b-blessed!

Posted 2 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much Jamestown for your continued support and grazing this piece. This is my first poem.. read more
sad but not in a gloomy sense. this touches the heart with its simplicity and tenderness.
loneliness when imposed and not chosen can weigh heavy on the heart. I think someone once said: Man is sociable by nature.
love this poem.

Posted 2 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

2 Years Ago

I appreciate much your comments on this piece Woody. That is right with your last line " No man is a.. read more
Beautiful poem. It draws you in from the first lines. Sad also, it wasn't meant to live a life on our own in solitude an loneliness. I see this is an old poem from 2005. Thank you for share this writing. :) Rudi

Posted 2 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

2 Years Ago

Thank you for your comely visit Rudi . My first debut to poetry is when I penned this piece . I will.. read more
Rudi J.P. Lejaeghere

2 Years Ago

Thank you so much. It's a great debut...love to read your other work. Merry Christmas. :) Rudi
Luke 12:6-7: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.



This was such a beautiful piece little sparrow
thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.


I saw that little speckled sparrow

sitting alone on that old tree

And I cry in silence because the sparrow

was me ...






Thank you for your review and comments
you left on my page.



God bless. Benita

Posted 3 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

3 Years Ago

Thanks you Benita for the read. It is base in the story of scriptures and people who may have experi.. read more
Benita c Staebelll - KindredPoet

3 Years Ago

you're welcome. yes you painted that picture of this write quite well. take care. Benita
Luke 12:6-7: Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

A powerfully sad but beautiful poem, Neil, exploring the sudden pain of loss and loneliness. Sometimes it seems unfair when a spouse, friend or child dies and leaves others alone. We think we are forgotten and feel worthless like a sparrow. But Jesus said that God considers even the 'worthless' sparrows and cares for them, and assured us that most certainly he will care for us in our times of grief. I have personally experienced this twice in my life and I can testify that God does indeed care and will sustain those who rely on him in troubling times.

Posted 3 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

3 Years Ago

Even God's children aren't immune to such situation. I am so glad that Jesus Himself experienced suc.. read more
no matter how small we might seem to others, when we fall from the tree and pass away...there will be someone who feels very lonely because of it.
everyone, no matter how insignificant he or she feels, is loved by someone else.

Posted 3 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

3 Years Ago

Sadness is such a common, epidemic, universal word now a day. I tried my best to pen and express thi.. read more
Oh my soul is aching after reading this one Neil...solitude is one thing, but being 'left' behind alone is quite another. An affecting, albeit bittersweet harmony here.

Posted 3 Years Ago


NeiL ArandA

3 Years Ago

Thank you Ms Frieda for your kind thoughts .

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