“You can’t save them all.”

By: KristySweetland

Sep 15 2011

Category: Animal

1 Comment

Aperture:f/7.1
Focal Length:75mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/125 sec
Camera:DSLR-A100

Birdfoot’s Grampa

The old man

must have stopped our car

two dozen times to climb out

and gather into his hands

the small toads blinded

by our lights and leaping,

live drops of rain.

The rain was falling,

a mist about his white hair

and I kept saying

you can’t save them all,

accept it, get back in

we’ve got places to go.

But, leathery hands full

of wet brown life,

knee deep in the summer

roadside grass,

he just smiled and said

they have places to go to

too.

– Joseph Bruchac, in Entering Onandaga

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One comment on ““You can’t save them all.””

  1. Oh sweetie, this is so good, really kind and good.


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