Sharing a Robin’s Life

I saw a book by your chair: “Sharing a Robin’s Life”.

I wondered whether such things could matter any longer,
yet perhaps they matter even more during times like this
as we all seem to slide deeper into doubt and despair
over the troubled state of this wounded world.

Through the front window I watch the steady traffic
of small delicate birds eagerly visiting your feeders,
each expressing its own unique personality,
its own surging love of existence.

In the Spring you hung out lengths of yarn
for the parents to feather their nests.

When the blue eggs arrived, you chased away
the cats and crows, and now the young birds
play in the water pools you keep clear and fresh.

At dusk they settle in the hedges of Cherry Laurels,
each one offering up their last songs of the day
before the descent of the oncoming darkness.

All of those soulful melodies drift off into the sky,
pleasing the gathering listeners there, the ones
of whom we have no present knowledge.

They only exist in the old myths, but now
we believe it was all an ancient fraud —
tales for the ignorant and gullible.

Strangely, this might sadden us, perhaps because
secretly we would like to imagine that we are heard,
that someone listens, even if ours is only a small song.

When they weave their sonorous evening melodies,
the Robbins may not realize that we’re listening.

Even so, we are.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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