I watch life emerging
The young ospreys stretch their wings,
testing them against the breeze,
their destiny whispering in their ears.
In the peaceful sunshine of my garden
dragonflies dart across the quiet pond,
their lacy wings glistening gold
in the golden light.
And fragile butterfly wings unfold
Fluttering in all the colors of the rainbow,
alighting on the welcoming flowers.
Above, the swallows play, joyfully
mounting the updrafts,
and hawks call out.
and snatch up the hapless mouse.
Violence is inherent in this beauty.
Butterflies will fall, soon after their eggs are laid,
dragonflies devour the small life in the pond,
and osprey rip their fish open
even before it has stopped moving.
But this is violence I can understand,
like the violence of emerging stars and planets,
not like the violence that humans inflict upon the world.
Dark clouds gather over
Paris, Baghdad, Orlando, Istanbul, Nice, Ankara,
over glacier ice, butterflies, and even osprey.
The osprey chicks call out,
more fish please, and a bit of shade if you don’t mind!
They peer down with curiosity
at the crazy world of humans below the nest.
My bleeding heart finds peace
in the witnessing
of ospreys, dragonflies, butterflies
and all that nature offers.
I hold a candle of Hope
against the dark clouds of Hate and Fear.