by Mark Weinrich
The dove’s soothing coo calms my spirit and mirrors the gentle rhythm of the stream. Two cardinals serenade perhaps in competition for a mate. A female hummer listens from a twig, exhausted from her forays, hunting nectar in this drought. I think she wishes she could sing, but I’m afraid her song would be a lamentation now. One cardinal chimes the other follows. I hope when all things are made new, when I have exchanged these ears for my heavenly pair. That I will understand their lyrics, the bird songs that lifted me out of a troubled day and transported me into the light.
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 135 news stand, inspirational, and literary publications. He has sold eight children’s books and currently has two fantasy novels on Kindle.