”The Archers” (A blessing for the last day of the year.)

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The finches indulge in sweet gluttony
at the feeders this morning.
Their tawny and golden breasts
are puffed up against freezing air –
giving them the appearance of innocence and soft feathery sea foam against a dazzling blue sky.

From my spot, behind the kitchen window, I know they are not so dainty as their small fluttering hearts would have us believe.

Each determined movement
belies a seasoned winged-archer’s purpose: To perch, take aim with arrow sharp beak and perfectly strike the gold of seeds and sweet suet.

They pause only to sing, and then draw back their bow-like feathered forms again.

Here is the stuff
that survival is built on:
the courage to fly into each cold morning;
the grace to live in humble beauty;
the singular will to breathe and be,
and the instinct and desire to do it over and over and over –
because that’s how we move forward in time.

~ martha lee phelps (r.2017)

About Martha Phelps Studio ~ creative on purpose

...a meandering journal of a changing life and the unexpected graces it brings. Earlier posts may provide some history, but this series of writings aren't likely to follow a straight line as I explore topics such as raising kids, making choices, self discovery, the impact of change on a family and how to (hopefully) live with balance and purpose. www.marthaphelps.com
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