Stones and Birds

Birds believe
They call the day forward
A first bird

begins conversation
And wakes the whole neighborhood up

Chicken, dove, sparrow
A clamorous competition
Over who has caused the
Sun to rise

Busy about their business they fly away
Until evening comes
And they gather tell stories
Until the last good night is given

Earth formed
Regard all in silence
Only speaking
Through water and wind

Warmed by sun
Stones radiate
through the night or
Frozen they are
Stone cold to the heart

Gravity binds
Stones tight
unto itself
while birds take
flight and for a time
are free from gravity

Birds and stones
Stones and birds
Earth and sky
Sky and earth ...


Written by Christy Walton

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