Saturday, September 6, 2014

magnitude of creation (1)


Photo © 2014 Jennifer Wagner



the chickadees
and nuthatches

clap their wings
against their sides

zip, dip
snip
seeds
from the feeder

look
and dip,
snip again

twist
fly       a          w         a          y

and a moment later
are
back again
all day long

inch
by inch 
we get closer, to the window

watch them
watch us
watch them

face to beak

and learn
in some small way

how each
small thing

is never
small



© 2014 Jennifer Wagner



This summer I visited the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.  On display were some of Tony Fitzpatrick’s drawings The Secret Birds.  He says his grandmother used to say, “For the price of a piece of bread you can hear God sing.



32 comments:

  1. ah it is...all things matter...the small and the large...
    and nature fascinates me as well...so i would enjoy watching them...
    smiles.

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  2. Watching them brings me some sort of whimsical satisfaction, watching you smile at them warms my heart

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  3. how each small thing is never small... love this...love seeing the value in the small things around us...

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  4. Never small...I love the sounds and the watching each other ~ And your title is divine, smiles ~

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  5. a world of wonders for both...lovely :)

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  6. so real action such vivid imagery-very well captured

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  7. what an interesting closure.. wonderful.

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  8. The wonder of perspective and the way we all interact with creation and each other. Well done.

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  9. So true that each small thing is never small. I like thinking about the moments you shared here.

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  10. "how each small thing is never small....." oh, how I love this! A profound truth.

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  11. I love that communication between man and bird... that last sentiment -- beautiful.. I think only by looking on the details we can get the big picture.

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  12. well observed, Jen ~

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  13. Gorgeous meditation! Closer and closer, we see each natural thing in its right magnitude, a story neither big nor small but just right!

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  14. Oh, Jennifer....I'm printing this and putting it next to our back window. Bird feeders and birds abound off our deck.
    Wonderful poem!

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  15. The small ones are the most elusive. They never hold still long enough to get a good look at them.

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  16. ' twist
    fly a w a y'
    I really like that part with the spaced-out letters. A very wonderful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Yes, each small thing is not small ~ a wonderful truth. I love the format and sounds of your poem. Great picture, too :)

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  18. 'how each / small thing / is never / small' - I too love these lines! We all have a role to play and are all important. I enjoyed the way you expressed this.

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  19. how each
    small thing
    is never
    small... love your poem!

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  20. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious (Albert Einstein) - That wisdom exquisitely articulated here, Jennifer.

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  21. lovely...it's like a little dance between the you...them flittering back and forth...you inching ever closer...watch each other....lovely.

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  22. So lovely! And the backstory is such a sweet addition. Thank you!

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  23. Small is so relative...something can be small but make an enormous impact on our lives. I've missed you around!

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  24. How clever and charming, your message skillfully presented. I like how the format is skinny, too - fitting for describing each small thing.

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  25. I like it, the use of chickadee is always a good choice. He keeps telling us things.

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  26. "each small thing is never small"
    __Such truth in that phrase; it never ceases to amaze me... that the birds have the cautious sense that -the watchers- will cause them no harm, so well seen in your poem.

    this humming bird
    buzzing into my face
    travel time

    (Hey fella, hummmmmm, wana fill that empty nectar feeder? Hummmmmm, we need to migrate soon. Hummmmmm!) Smiles! _m

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  27. This is a fun observation. You capture the play of the birds, both with the wording and the visual aspect of the poem. Nice work!

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  28. I really love how you've done this -- brava!

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Thank you for your thoughts!