morning birdsong

by Elouise


~~~Young Song Sparrow, Longwood Meadow

morning birdsong
calms my troubled heart
centers my soul

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Yesterday’s Sabbath was a challenge.
Not because my spirit didn’t welcome it,
but because my body kept voting No
to all the delights I’d planned.

In midafternoon I finally listened to my body.
What did it want?
Nothing! Nothing at all.
Not even sleep.

So I gave it nothing for 45 minutes,
lying on my back,
breathing, feeling my heart beat,
and doing nothing at all.
Sheer joy and delight!

This morning I’m off-center.
Weather changing, traffic noise outside, things to do,
and this tired old world to face.

The songbirds outside my kitchen window remind me:
I’m not alone in this world of pain and sorrow,
no matter how great or small my joy and delight may be.
They also remind me:
Music is welcome and necessary,
especially in minor keys.

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 13 July 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, June 2015