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How Sparrows Sing by Tim Murphy

I know I can’t stay 

hidden forever.

I have little choice, 

even if unseen, 

must find again

my voice 

and remember, 

remember how 

sparrows sing

through coldest 

heart of winter

as we dream 

through darkest 

hours of night.


Tim Murphy (he/him) is a disabled, bisexual poet from Portland, Oregon. His writing explores chronic illness, disability, and the more-than-human world. Tim’s work is featured in over a dozen literary journals, including, WordgatheringRemington ReviewWriters Resist, CERASUS Magazine, and in the books, The Long Covid Reader (2023) and Songs of Revolution (2024). You can find him on Instagram and Twitter (@brokenwingpoet)

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