a sparrow flew just over my feet
"a sparrow
flew just over my feet, its wings beating
against its own body, a sound not unlike
applause, and it hit the ground, and because
it was dead it lay still." 
- Neil Hilborn 
I exist as I am
"I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.
One world is aware,
and by far the largest to me,
and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own today or in ten thousand or ten million years,
I can cheerfully take it now,
or with equal cheerfulness I can wait."
- Walt Whitman 
The handmaid's tale
Not a dandelion in sight here, the lawns are picked clean.
I long for one, just one rubbishy and insolently random
and hard to get rid of and perrenially yellow as the sun.
Cheerful and plebeian, shining for all alike. 
- Margaret Atwood