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hope is the tired little bird at the bottom of your heart, the one whose tiny wings are broken and bleeding, the one that won't stop flapping uselessly at the sky, like it's going to take off, take off dammit, even when it's fading by the second and dying in a heap of feathers, and it breaks your heart to see the optimistic flame still sparkling in such innocent eyes.

i'm writing this to tell you that i don't know what i need. i'm writing this because i can't pull any fancy metaphors from the back of my throat to save my pride this time. i'm writing this to see the look on your face when you wake up and wonder why i keep running away.

hope is the thing with feathers, my broken baby bird. hope is the trust in those newborn eyes that makes you burst out sobbing although you never know why. it's the razor-sharp edge between happiness and pain, the line you try to fly on crippled wings, my little bird, just to save someone stronger from having to walk it for themselves.

i'm writing this because my eyes don't work anymore and i can't see where the lines blur and cross in my overemotional mind. i'm writing this because i have nothing real to hold onto, just guesses and ancient promises and things that mean nothing to anyone but me. i'm writing this because i don't want to swing from hope to doubt every five point two seconds, but when the music starts, i can't help but fall apart.

hope is holding such a tiny, battered body in the palm of your hand and feeling so horribly guilty, so completely guilty, as you watch its labored struggle for breath and wish you could do something, anything, to make it stop, just make it stop so you don't have to watch anymore.

my baby bird, my beautiful baby bird, you break my heart with your hopeful singing. stop flapping your tiny wings and let go, my little songbird, let go because sometimes hope isn't worth it any more.

but even though it tears me apart to watch, i know you're not going to stop believing.

hold on, little bird.
"come home, come home
cause i've been waiting for you
for so long, for so long
the fight for you is all i've ever known
so come home"

come home--one republic

promise to get to replies sometime this weekend, your support means the world to me ♥

full title: let go, little bird (and don't waste your hope on me)
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disrhythmic Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I've used the title of your beautiful piece in a found poem. :heart:

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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! :wave:

I have used the wonderful title of your piece in poem for The Title Poem project!

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TwilightPoetess Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello!

As part of a new found poetry form, brought to us by =SilverInkblot and employed in our new group, #TheTitlePage, I have used the title of this lovely deviation in a poem here:

Scooping Cherry Blossoms with Bare Hands

Thank you so much!

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:iconsweetmahartasongbird:
i just...i dont know...amazing
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:iconstraybutterflies:
straybutterflies Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
thank you so much (:

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apologies for my late replies; delays shouldn't happen again. your support means the world to me ♥ thank you thank you thank you (:
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WanderingHere Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
i love this. so much. so so much.

but maybe could you format it? with < sub > or something? i think that would look really nice.
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deafandblind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Obviously this isn't about looking nice. Clearly you don't comprehend the gravity of her literature. Truths in every word. :|
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WanderingHere Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
i'm sorry, no i didn't. a lot of writers i know would write something like this because of the beauty of the words or because they were writing from the perspective of someone who was feeling pain of some sort, and so i didn't realize that this was so sincere. i apologize to you, and to ~straybutterflies. i had no idea, and i'm sorry.
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deafandblind Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's alright. I can understand where you're coming from, but I'm pretty close to the author and felt I should say something.
The fact that she didn't give it her usual look is what makes me even more concerned.
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:iconwanderinghere:
WanderingHere Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
yeah, i can definitely see why you'd want to say something. and i really do appreciate your telling me.
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