Updated: Sep 27, 2021
Sitting on the patio in early morning,
I watch you watch the bird
The one with the new call
We have not heard
We listen together and wonder.
I sing while you sing
We learn our little duets
Cuddled at bedtime
Your young voice finding the melody,
Searching for the notes to match mine.
You come find us to chat
Just a while before light’s out
Bringing the day’s thoughts and discoveries
Your eagerness to share and to show
Sings out so familiar and known.
You sneak into our bed and burrow,
Sheltering in the cozy lamplight,
Safe and snug in our keep,
I guide you to your bed and lie next to you
Coaxing you to sleep
With the familiar cadence of my prayers and presence.
When I think of each of these, I can hear
Off in the future, yet soon
Though we forget a bit the tune
These refrains will linger and surround;
Within a song.
Humming still, they will come along
To one new day further on --
All of this will change and pass away,
When we learn to sing again, a new song.
And the birds will keep right on going