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Look For The Birds

Look For The Birds

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Now

Let’s look for birds!

The tall iron branches

in the forest,

The dense

fertility on the ground.

The world

is wet.

A dewdrop or raindrop

shines,

a diminutive star

among the leaves.

The morning time

mother earth

is cool.

The air

is like a river

which shakes

the silence.

It smells of rosemary,

of space

and roots.

Overhead,

a crazy song.

It’s a bird.

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Luminous ease!

Invisible

power

torrent

of music

in the leaves.

Sacred conversations!

Clean and fresh washed

is this

day resounding

like a green dulcimer…

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You can’t touch them.

You can hear them

like a heavenly

rustle or movement.

They converse

with precision.

They repeat

their observations.

They brag

of how much they do.

They comment

on everything that exists…

Images above (and on front-page mastheads) by Jeanelle McCall. Top (and front-page mastheads): “Misty Haze.” Middle: “I Feel Good This Morning.” Bottom: “Woodpecker, cyan plate.”

Words above from “Ode to Bird Watching” by Pablo Neruda, translated by Jodey Bateman. Full text HERE

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Jean McLean

I loved this - and am a bird lover and artist, myself. Birds are truly heaven's gifts!

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Ann Fontaine

Love the poetry and the art -- you really know how to bring it all together.

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