by Jim Farfaglia
Two children walked hand in hand
to the art room, for a brush and brown paint,
giving this two-liter bottle a natural look.
One lucky student was selected,
under Teacher’s watchful eye,
to cut an oval in its side.
A chatty group shredded old homework pages
and mixed them with pencil shavings,
supplying it with a comfortable base.
Two friends wound colorful yarn
into the grooves of its bottleneck
and tied it twice.
And then one child,
just outside their window,
hung this bottle from an outstretched limb…
Come, sweet bird,
come make this your home,
and make this day –
for the children watching from their desks –
an A+ day.