The Small Yellow Bird

Photo by Leo
Goldfinch perched on the deck railing 
gazes at the space where the red feeder 
used to hang. Avian flu sweeps through 
taking great numbers in wake.
We pull back our feeders creating
social distance in the flock—
all the colors of life 
greeting us each morning and evening 
with songs and chatter
as we smile and go about our day.
Pandemic, war, economic uncertainty, 
food instability, wildlife illness, 
all challenging our faith and 
belief in the world as we know it.
All the ways we have accepted 
the way things are rather 
than the way things could be. 
The way we have learned
rather than the way of the heart.

Three friends at lunch table 
challenge ourselves to talk about 
something light and positive. We try.
We drift back. As painful
as our world is right now
we commit to look and feel
then turn to where we find hope.
Everything changes.
Not clinging to the pain
but letting it move through.
Not holding to our fear but
breathing it out.
Like the small yellow bird, we
sit in the present as a future unfolds.
With hearts and minds open
we take the seat of consciousness
and understanding.
We find connection to 
compassion and love.



“The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”

Erich Fromm

“In these times, in these uncertain times, I will remain open to the miracle that is each moment.”

Jacquie Godden

“I find myself in the time between selves.”

Alla Bozarth-Campbell

On Going Resource List

  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson

Author: Mindful Contemplations

A weekly blog, in prose, poetry, or memoir, finding the sacred within the ordinary day to day experience. I offer inspiration and contemplation on the soul journey of the human spirit, diving deep and surfacing with hope.

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