NATURE POEMS: “Why I need the birds” by Lisel Mueller

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Why I Need the Birds

When I hear them call
in the morning, before
I am quite awake,
my bed is already traveling
the daily rainbow,
the arc toward evening;
and the birds, leading
their own discreet lives
of hunger and watchfulness,
are with me all the way,
always a little ahead of me
in the long-practiced manner
of unobtrusive guides.

By the time I arrive at evening,
they have just settled down to rest;
already invisible, they are turning
into the dreamwork of trees;
and all of us together —
myself and the purple finches,
the rusty blackbirds,
the ruby cardinals,
and the white-throated sparrows
with their liquid voices —
ride the dark curve of the earth
toward daylight, which they announce
from their high lookouts
before dawn has quite broken for me.

by Lisel Mueller

7 Comments Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    Loved this poem and so true!

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    1. Thank you Linda, and aren’t they such an inspiration! Everything is better when you hear their song, and see their joy and playfulness.

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  2. Excellent picture of these wonderful and cute little birds that are beautiful to have around. God and his marvelous creation. He has made each and every living being in his detail and has not left anything to imperfection. He is Perfection Personified.

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    1. Yes, everywhere we look in nature there is so much beauty and perfection, we are constantly reminded of our Great Creator and its infinite love poured into all that is,,,

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      1. Yes completely true everywhere is perfection and love. He is beautiful and we are all beautiful 💗💗💗❣️

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        1. Yes for sure dear Kamal! ❤ ❤ ❤

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          1. 🌷🌷🌷❤️❤️❤️

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