Homilies and Poems

After eleven years of maintaining this blog, I've started a new blog as part of a new website: www.deaconchrisanderson.com. From today, September 6, 2015, I will be posting all of my homilies there. A number of the homilies I've posted here over the years will be part of a new book, to be published by Eerdmans in 2016, THE SOUL MIGHT BE LIKE THIS: PRACTICING JOY. Thank you for your interest, and may the Lord be with you.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

What the Thrush Says (poem)

One day in the forest
a young woman
with a long, blonde braid
crouches in a clearing.
She is counting
what we cannot see.

Listen, she whispers,
and points:
yank-yank-yank (a nuthatch)
sweet-sweet-sweet (a sparrow)

One day in the forest
a young man in a cap
spreads a net in the trees, then
plucks from his catch one by one,
a flicker, a junco, a tiny Wilson’s
Warbler, iridescent green.

He tags them and bags them
and hangs them from a scale--
he is weighing what is true--
and then he sets them free.

One day in the forest
the man and the woman
have done with their counting
and put down their tools.
One day they are ready
to tell us things.

What does a warbler weigh?
Nothing, the man says.
You can hardly feel it
in your hand.

What does the thrush say?