Two poems from Daniel Klawitter
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap
nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they? —Matthew 6:26
I’ve heard there is a humming bird in the northern Rockies of Canada
With a brain the size of a grain of rice—its weight less than a specter.
When barely a month old, it flies south to follow the flower nectar.
In 3 months, it travels 3,000 miles across the United States and into Mexico.
It never gets lost on this difficult trek: wings a buzzing blur, beating berserk.
Last time I checked I was a human adult, who still staples paper wrong at work.
Hmmm. Yes, I have considered the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
But despite God’s gracious care, I’m not quite convinced the comparison’s fair.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry. —Psalm 86:6
Molten magma bubbling beneath the crust.
An archaic alphabet of unsettled, unsettling dust.
A clarinet of sobs needing no translation.
The dumb phonetics of despair & desolation.
Some tongues proclaim prosaic platitudes
To comfort what remains uncomfortable.
For the suffering of those who suffer—
Is an attitude some find insufferable.
Daniel Klawitter is a religious brother in the ecumenical Order of Saint Luke, who works as an Admissions Representative at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO and is a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. He is the author of four previous poetry collections and is the recipient of numerous awards, including: A Purple Dragonfly Book Award for excellence in Children’s Literature (for Put On Your Silly Pants, Daffydowndilly Press, 2016), and a Royal Dragonfly Book Award for Poetry (for Quiet Insurrections, White Violet Press, 2018). You can read more about Daniel at: poetdanielklawitter.wordpress.com