The tiny brown and white bird clung to the cedar’s bark
The corn snow fell heavy and hard around it.
Then, the bird slowly began its journey by climbing upward.
A few feet up the tree, it was knocked back down to the ground
It paused for only a few seconds and tried again.
Deliberately, it made its way back to where it fell
The bird carefully passed that point without stopping
It moved higher, toward the promised shelter from the pounding chaos.
Wings open, it faltered a few times, but hung on…
It kept rising until it reached the first bare branch.
Tucked underneath the little bird had found limited shelter
But, it wisely did not linger there, and it continued the climb
Finally, the brave bird was immersed into the green branches–
Now, it was safely nestled in the cedar, as the storm raged around it.
Gone from my sight, I contemplated this journey.
When the bird was knocked down, it got up and tried again.
It passed the point where it had been impeded.
There was no hesitation as it kept advancing.
Not looking back, it climbed higher and higher.
It didn’t accept the first offer of partial protection,
Instead, it kept climbing until it reached its goal…
Until it found sanctuary from the pelting ice and winds.
And, having watched this journey–I was just a bit wiser for it
Because whatever life throws at me, I need to pick myself up,
And keep climbing, no matter what the odds, until I reach the top–
Exactly like the wise and brave bird did on its journey in the storm.
I watched this event take place while I was on my elliptical a few days ago. I was so happy and impressed to see this tiny bird make it up the tree. It amazed me that something so small could leave a lasting impression. (The bird pictured is from another day, but for all I know could be the same bird…)
“The Journey” will be in my upcoming book: “Just Her Poetry”. I hope to release it this year!
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Embrace your inner child with poetry, D.L. Finn