The giant's heart softened
as he remembered the years when
spring failed to arrive in his garden.
One of those dark years
a wounded water-bird
had returned mid-summer to find
the giant's pond frozen solid.
The giant had brought the bird into the castle
and cared for it as it recovered
from a wounded wing
and some injured ribs.
When summer finally returned
and the water-bird had recovered
the giant returned to his garden.
The giant knelt down by the pond and
gently lowered the water-bird back into
it's natural element and watched it swim away.