• Blessing’s Promise

         Note to Reader: I’ve been watching the local cardinal couple’s
              courtship as they fly among the branches of our weeping cherry tree,
              and was happy to come upon this poem from 2008 today.  It’s in the Torah
              poems section of this blog. 
    When I am able as I step through every door
    to stop rushing from one forgetting
    into the next,

    when I remember to be the prayer
    that every breath in its going in and out
    lifts into the frozen air,

    then I can hear the song, and take in the ruddy flash
    of cardinal’s wide-winged flight
    from crabapple’s

    tangled weave across snow-covered ground,
    as his heart’s companion, all burnished bronze,
    follows close behind. 

    Wasn’t this the promise when blessing
    first sang us

    into life?


  • Shy Cloud

    At the story hour, eager Julian volunteers first
    to stand up in front of all the children
    and be a cloud. 

    Samantha, Tess and Brandon join him.
    All the seated children are Wind
    pushing breath through juicy puckered lips.

    Three Clouds shake the tissue paper I’ve given them
    fluttering up down sideways like fluffy cumuli
    racing cross a clear blue sky.

    But Julian presses his tissue paper hard against his chest. 
    “Why isn’t your cloud moving, Julian?”  He clears
    his throat.  “Well….I’m feeling a little shy.” 

    All the mothers in the back row chuckle.
    “That’s all right, Julian.”  I want to comfort him
    for bravery.  For standing up first,

    then admitting sudden fear.  “Every sky,”
    I inform the group, “has room
    for shy clouds that do not move.”

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