Baby Swallows

by Mark Weinrich

instances of wonder
draw me back
to the Wildlife Rescue…

Where baby swallows 
shiver with excitement
tiny storms as I 
approach their cage. 
Once every hour 
they bear this furious
hunger, quenched only
by 4 or 5 mealworms.
Amidst the chaos, one storm 
is stilled, then another. Once
they are satisfied, the wind 
and waves cease. 
There’s almost 
a reverent hush. 
In that moment
a brimming over thrill 
speaks to me
that I should live 
with such jubilance; 
with the same enthusiastic 
hunger, not for physical
food, but with desperate
delight for the wealth
of God’s promises.
“They that hunger and 
thirst for righteousness
will be filled.”

Mark Weinrich lives a creative life as a writer, photographer, musician, and artist—all wrapped together in an outdoorsman. He is a retired pastor and nine-year cancer survivor. His writing and photography have appeared in over 130 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.

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