We drove our car with guilty stealth
lest someone see us risk our health,
risk the virus for a glimpse
of children and their children.
By my son’s drive the robin stood
and unmoved stayed, although he could
see a tire tread head his way
with piercing eye and wisdom.
I thought that he would surely fly
afraid, like me, someone would die,
escape the germy humans
with their faulty, big machines.
I spoke my awe with words quite kind
and asked him what he had in mind.
He chirped and looked me over
and then calmly hopped away.
Today I woke with sweaty palms
and birdsong singing springtime calm,
singing peace on earth for all
God’s children and their children.
And here I stand before my tire,
a chirp, a song, a thought quite dire,
a choice to stand and listen
as the Lord produces dawn.
Maybe you’d like to hear me read it.