The scarlet Ibis
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"Mama, he smiled. He's all there! He's all there!"
“Daddy built him a go-cart and I had to pull him around.”
I would gather wildflowers, wild violets, honeysuckle, yellow jasmine, snake flowers, and waterlilies, and with wire grass we’d weave them into necklaces and crowns.
“His head thrown far back, making his vermilion neck appear unusually long and slim. His little legs, bent sharply at the knees, had never before seemed so fragile, so thin.”
"There wasn't a sound as Doodle walked slowly across the room and satdown at his place at the table. Then Mama began to cry and ran over to him."
“How many miles it had traveled to die like this, in our yard, beneath the bleeding tree.”