August 20, 2014: Little Bird

~by Virginia Rhys Anson, OFS

What keeps you warm, Little Bird?
You blithely hop from branch to branch.
Your feathers fluff in tundra temps.
Yet no snow lights upon your wings.
What keeps you warm, Little Bird?
Is it God’s hand cradling you soft?
Ah, yes, and so it is.
His hand carved your wings against chill’s bite.
His craft knit feet to repel cold’s sting.
His love sculpted your hyper, precious life.
Yes, God carved you in His love, Little Bird.
His design protects you from winter’s barrage.
So hop, Little Bird.
From branch to frozen branch,
Delight your Creator and delight my grateful eyes.


Virginia Anson grew up in the shadows of Sandia Crest in New Mexico. Family camping trips may have sparked her passion for nature. She holds an A.S. in Electronics Technology, a B.A. in Writing, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and a certificate in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation. Her book, Mother Earth’s Caretakers, targets middle school youngsters and is published as an e-book for Kindle. Virginia is a Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and her volunteer endeavors see her as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and sacristan in her parish and as a habitat steward for the National Wildlife Federation. She especially cherishes her life in the Secular Franciscan Order, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi.

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