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March 8, 2010

The Promise

– Larry Smith

My old friend Bill tells me

how he walks his block

to keep his legs moving.

Only now his face

so thin and frail

speaks an old pain.

“Young boys,” he says,

“are shooting at birds.”

Now Bill has known hunting

and battles and war,

yet this needless killing

brings tears to his eyes.

“I want you to do something.”

And I look up helpless in question.

“Take some of my money

and buy small bird books

I can put in their hands.”

And I promise yes.


Larry Smith is a professor emeritus at BGSU Firelands College and director of The Firelands Writing Center. A native of the Ohio River Valley, he now lives along the shores of Lake Erie. He is the author of eight books of poetry, four books of fiction,and two literary biographies. He and his wife Ann are two of the founders of the Converging Paths Meditation Center  in Sandusky. See: Larry Smith’s Homepage.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Darlene permalink
    March 8, 2010 4:56 pm

    Hi Josh,

    When living in Las Vegas I once rescued a beautiful bird of prey that was down in our yard.
    Our Australian shepherds were keeping it in one place for me to rescue. I have a newspaper article about it and quite a story that relates to boys shooting birds.
    Would you like to see it ?

    Best to you and Lauren,
    Darlene Armour

  2. March 8, 2010 6:47 pm

    Hi Darlene,

    Sure. When you get a chance send it over email, or drop it off at The Art Studio and we’ll check it out 🙂

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