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Briskly Hoping

December 14, 2011

I have a restless spirit.

It longs

It yearns

It reaches for a tomorrow

Of riches too long imagined

I walk briskly hoping to release

The weighty burden, shoulders drooped

Brow furrowed

Straining, pushing, struggling

My footsteps quicken

To match the cool relief of winter’s air

That fills my lungs and washes

The dark night from a soul

That wants only to land, to perch, to rest

To find the hollow of a tree and no longer

Hear the call that pulls me forward

but instead invites rest.

My eyes drill the pavement beneath my feet,

As if the truth lay buried there

A graceful limb, a nesting chick,

a squirrel in search of his own

Kingly feast, escapes my notice

Then, I hear it. The clear,

Crystalline voice of feathered

Life that cares so little

For tomorrow, or yesterday

Or false imaginings

Her melody lifts my eyes, my spirit

From their wasted, futile work.

Her little bird soul reaches out to mine

And I know she sings of riches

That cannot be sought or owned.

She calls me here. She calls me now.

She is rest.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 1:20 pm

    Beautiful! It says it all.

  2. Sharie Shupp permalink
    December 14, 2011 2:31 pm

    This sweet post reminds me of Matthew 6:26….”look at the birds of the air….are you not worth much more than they? Learning to rest in Him is an ongoing process on this earth.

  3. December 14, 2011 2:35 pm

    This is sooooo beautiful, Dorothy! It gives me hope for true & simple rest. I hope it comes soon as I am very sick today and can definitely use it to my advantage. Wishing you & yours a very Merry Christmas & a Happy/Healthy New Year!

  4. December 14, 2011 4:30 pm

    Thank you ladies! I’m so sorry you’re not feeling well Diane! You are in my thoughts. I hope it doesn’t interfere with your holiday plans.(:

  5. December 14, 2011 9:59 pm

    Beautiful. AND – the chickadee. My favorite bird (and the state bird of Maine).

  6. December 15, 2011 2:07 pm

    Dorothy,
    This is beautiful. The title caught our attention (you can probably guess why!) but you have much to say that fills in the deeper implications of what hope means. Thank you for this lovely piece at this busy time of year.
    Hope on Hope

    PS Hope you’ll stop by our Facebook page or the blog and catch our new introductory video – you’ll see the face behind Hope on Hope. Warm regards to you!

    • December 15, 2011 4:12 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. We do have something in common and I will visit your website. I always need a little bit more hope!

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