Sunday, December 2, 2012

An Advent of Birds


this first sunday of advent
i woke a few minutes before
the street lights went out
to that hour before dawn
so still & not quite light yet

the darkness & chill
warred with my thin
shawl of comfort
as i searched for the lamp button
that would light the room
where my hands needed to
finish yesterday's undone work

unfinished work
awaited as the computer
screen lit up
& verily verily
i found the dylan lyrics
to complete a tiny booklet
of collected songs
from the era of
protest when needy friends
went ignored

but before i could copy-paste
the lyrics about light & truth
& a wish for "a strong foundation
when the winds of changes shift"
to a new document,
the stillness of dawn
was broken by a more real
chorus of birds
sparrows greeting
the lemony yellowy
sun rays falling slightly
on the pines beyond 
the windows of a once
dark room

oh youth once tasted & 
in many ways wasted! 
oh graying friends still needing 
an elder's  a peer's 
a sister's acknowledgment!
rent your souls of that
infantile need to belong
compel your eyes to gaze
at the birds
listen to their song 
once more

then grab & hug the light 
of another young morning

--Babeth Lolarga
Dec. 2, 2012
7:14 a.m.

Image of birds from http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-7596657-flock-of-sparrows.php

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