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God's Act in Acts
Signs
Irina Ratushinskaya
Comeback for Snowy Plover
Dancing in the Cathedral
Chiang Mai
Credo
The Possiblilities of Clay
Sonnet for my left hip
The Golden Carp
What I Needed to Do
Mary Considers Her
Situation
States of being
The longevity of roots
The Returns of Love
Leaf, fallen
Photos from My Trip
The Songs of Camoapa
Watchers
The Annunciatory
Angel
Obedience
Psalm for the
January Thaw
Schrodinger's
Indeterminacy
Holding on
The chair without
distinction
The blue eyeball
Crossing
Emergency Supplies
Peace on Earth
You
Robin in the late afternoon
Catch of the day

Comeback for snowy plover
Associated Press headline, Oct. 13, 2014

O, lesser flake of feathers, O downy
shore­winged picker of cockles

and mites, twig­legged runner through ripples,
who was it called you out of extinction

to flit and flirt again with the waves?
Who missed you enough to amend

your habitation? Who restored you,
winging you back to the beaches of our lives?

What urgent impulse then spirited you,
safe in your dappled egg, to break shell,

chick stirring in shallow sand­scrape,
lifting to fly the salt wind­­rising in drifts

over the wild surf, your pinions
riding the breath of God?

Luci Shaw

 





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