The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Still Air

by Amy L. George


We found the sparrow outside
the dorm apartment,
tiny thread around its neck,
dangling from
the air vent,
high above the ground.

Even the boys frowned.

For days, we'd watched it
flit back and forth...
bit of cloth, branch,
string,
clump of mattress guts.

They say God notices
when a sparrow falls.

I wonder what He does
with the stillness,
the empty air
where song used to be.



AMY L. GEORGE holds an MFA in Creative Writing from National University, where she served on the editorial staff of The GNU. Currently the editor of Bird's Eye reView, her first collection, The Fragrance of Memory is forthcoming from Amsterdam Press (Amsterdam, OH). Her poetry has been published in various journals both online and in print.