I was lucky enough to come across a new poet the other day, Luci Shaw, who has published several poetry books that speak to her faith and her love of nature. I am happy to share two of her poems with you today, and if you like them, you can find more of her works at her website www.lucishaw.com.
What to sing
My heart quieted,
and after being still awhile
a single word rose from
the heart of my listening
telling me, quite clearly,
what I might mean, and
how you might
(I am not telling you the word,
it is private.)
Hoping so deeply
for my word to be true,
I sat, waiting to
discern. And there,
a swaying branch
above my head
was a woman bird,
singing exactly what
my heart had heard.
She sang, It’s simple.
Just open your throat.
The air will carry it.
And although I have yet to see one, I heard a robin singing the other day, so here is another lovely poem by Ms. Shaw about the robin's song--a shower for the heart and a true promise of spring.
Robin in the late afternoon
The window’s open, so I hear
each crystal note. Even with eyes closed,
I know a robin when I hear one,
telling the air between us how happy he is
about the soft rain and its summons
to the worms in the dark underground.
A pause. And then he sings again
from a more distant branch, but just as clear.
Or is it his mate? No matter, it’s a robin song,
a shower for the heart. I am no worm.
I do not tunnel under sod. But I am called,
beckoned into fresh hopefulness.
Bless God for birds, their vowels
pure and persuasive as spring rain.
Have a wonderful day!