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Mission of the Yellow Songbird

Mission of the Yellow Songbird

A long highway road stretched its legs before me,
In a place where tumble weeds were conceived,
December evening chasing daylight back to morning
Dusk robed in faded colors starving out the sunshine
Miles put themselves between me and home
With thickets of brier brambles between north and south
Alive with vesper choruses of tiny songbirds.

A gentle tap on my front fender
Roused me from hypnotic highway stupor like popping thunder
I shuddered deeply as possibilities shook my soul;
Maybe one of those gigantic bugs – maybe?  Maybe?
But when I stopped my heart seized to solve the mystery
A tiny yellow songbird plastered to my grill 
Wings still open to flight.

Gentle spirit of eternal compassion touched, caressed, 
My embedded wailing sorrow
Then guided me to a desert tree with perfect boughs,
That welcomed songs of matin mornings from tiny birds,
To lay to rest God's tiny messenger 
To bury a tiny song beneath his favorite tree –
This songbird whose perfect pitch would no longer
Flitter perfect praise into the face of heaven.

Called to the road again, tears raced down my cheeks
As numb miles raced by with a litany of why in each drop
When the time came to take a mountain road -
A bridge from fertile valley to a foggy ocean crest –
Screeching round a sharp curve to a screeching stop
Accident, I thought, of two cars only six cars ahead of me –
This no ordinary scene with two burned out cars – 
One straddling the fiery shell of another!

Realization, like a candle in the darkness, sent out sharp beams
I would have been in that accident had not a precious songbird
Given me a second chance to sing in ministry 
And with the Spirit’s nudge embrace my grief;
In the deepest part of my grieving heart, I know our precious God
Gathered to his heart the mission of the tiniest crushed warrior
Who now sings beneath God’s window in the eternal day. 

Contest: Divine Intervention
Sponsor: Chantal Anne Cooke

Copyright © Sam Kauffman | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 5/25/2022 7:12:00 PM

Sam, l love this beautiful poem about a miracle songbird. Birds are among my favorite creatures, and I can't imagine a world without their songs. I adored the last line and this poem is in my faves. Blessings, Evelyn ;)
Date: 5/25/2022 5:48:00 PM

Hi Sam, I'd like to thank you for visiting The Pink Lady...I am so grateful for that as well as your precious poem about a songbird who saved your precious life! Very special, a fav! Hugs
Date: 5/23/2022 6:49:00 AM

Woe Sam! I would hazard to guess this May with the trophy. Every stanza is so detailed as if to place us there in each scene, to feel the compassion and loss and the realization that everything happens for a reason known to God. I am saving this to my Faves my friend. Exquisitely expressed! Blessings xxoo
Date: 5/20/2022 11:11:00 PM

This is an amazing poem of caring and sacrifice, Written with such heartfelt emotion, Sam when time, please read my Albatross poem, not a hundred from your own Theme.
Date: 5/19/2022 5:15:00 PM

Sam, Your beautiful poem had me in tears. I love birds ~ feed them, watch them, listen to their music. How lucky for all of us who love your poetry the yellow songbird saved you from that terrible accident. Please take care.
Date: 5/19/2022 9:32:00 AM

Really is difficult to know how these strange forces come into play Sam, yet they do again and again, life keeps throwing them up for us to ponder, some put them down to random chaos, others divine intervention, I really wish I knew, but the very fact they happen is undeniable and gives one hope, A fantastic piece of free verse, best of luck in the contest, cheers David
Date: 5/19/2022 1:53:00 AM

Divine intervention for sure Sam, it wasn't your time and God made sure of that. An enjoyable read, best of luck in the contest. Over Fork Over. Tom
Date: 5/18/2022 7:25:00 PM

An incredibly poignant, well-written verse that tells a story of divine intervention. Yes, perhaps, a life saved by the gift of a yellow songbird. Good writing, Sam, and best wishes for the contest.
Date: 5/18/2022 6:44:00 PM

Date: 5/18/2022 6:43:00 PM

Your searching for and acknowledging God's merciful care is heartening.Beautifully written.