Fledgling House Finches

Faith is a fine invention
/ When Gentlemen can see—
But Microscopes are prudent
/ In an Emergency.
~ Emily Dickinson


Baby birds in their nest
suspended between rope and roof awning,
yellow beaks open as they wait
for their mother to return
with food—

I see you with my eyes
through my kitchen window
when I am standing at the sink,
and with the microscope of my heart,
I see your hungry longing.

Jane Beal
La Casa Flora * 4.21.12


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