Old Man Heron (or Great Blue in Mating Season) 013 (768x1024) (2)What would you think…

if across the water you beheld

this hunched and bearded one,

his eye half-closed

just standing

merely standing in the drizzling rain?

Don’t answer –

you who know your birds;

I do not want your disillusioning reply.

My appeal is to the child (or childlike one)

whose early belief is still quite close at hand.

Perhaps you see an old man – as I do –

gifted with the ability to change his form.

I see his cabin deep within a woodland

a haven for all creatures who need shelter

and a healing hand.

He also has the gift of visibility –

and so he may appear,

yet fade from sight and leave you wondering

if what you saw was real.


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  1. Earl Denham Says:

    Yes, an old man in transition.

  2. Christopher Says:

    A tattered coat upon a stick, / unless soul clap its hands and sing

  3. leiflife Says:

    Dearest Christopher… May we always remember to clap our hands and sing. I think of you…

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