How to Receive an Unexpected Gift

by | Feb 6, 2015 | Poetry | 14 comments

House finches flit, flit, flit
and hummingbird whirrrrrs,
hovering over birdseed an
arm’s length away.
Red finch jets elsewhere,
bearing left at the bushes
and the chickadee perches,
eyeing the feast.

Crows alight silently on the
trees straight ahead,
swooping at nothing
as they loudly announce
the morning.
The waterfall sound
of freeway cars
and the drifting moan
of a far away train
add to the soundtrack
of the day.

It’s Friday, time and weather
allowing an In Person
visit deckside.
I’m in between–a
commercial interruption
before the next task
ahead, fueling up
my soul’s eyes,
drinking in joy 
for the journey.

Linking with the Small Wonder community.


  1. Jody,
    What wonderful gifts you've shared with us…Thank you 🙂 I love how God teaches us so much through birds and creation.

  2. Yes, I did, Jan. Had a ringside seat. So grateful for those breaths of fresh air when God brings them.

  3. You took that gorgeous photo, didn't you? Thanks for the breath of fresh air this morning!

  4. This is lovely, Jody. I can hear the sounds of the birds and feel the flight as they skitter about.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  5. Sometimes a 'sip' is all I get, but the draught is still sweet. Thanks for reading, Karrilee.

  6. The bird's songs in the morning just seem more beautiful this year. Spring is on the way!

  7. Oh yes… the priceless value of taking a 'commercial break' and refilling, fueling up, drinking deep! This is a breath of fresh air!

  8. I love how God sends us little (and big) signs of his presence among us. Glad these birds were his messengers of love to you!

  9. Aren't birds the best? 🙂 Well, one of the best. Taking the dog out the other morning we heard the birds singing, which must mean winter is drawing to a close. Thanks for your presence here, Jody.

  10. I loved this! Both the words & the graphic! I am so glad to have stopped here from #smallwonder this morning. Have a great week!

  11. Love your poetry, Jody. Beautiful imagery and clever metaphor! Also love the idea of fueling up in nature, drinking in the joy, before the journey of the next task. Thank you for the reminder that such “commercial interruptions” are a wise investment of time.

  12. In my imagination, I am there with you, watching the birds and sipping a cup of tea.


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