DSCN2131House Finch

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DSCN2144Downy Woodpeckers

DSCN2173Red-Bellied Woodpecker

DSCN2185Goldfinch

DSCN2199Male Cardinal

DSCN2206White-Crowned Sparrow

DSCN2209Male Eastern Bluebird

I yearn
to be outside,
watching the winter birds
from the front porch,
where I could be closer,
hear them chatter
and sing.
Instead,
a cold window separates
us.
When I bundle up
and step ever-so-carefully
out onto the front porch,
they instantly take flight.

I have to let go
of what I want;
accept what is;
be grateful
they come;
enjoy them silently,
through the window
and—closer than I can get personally
to winter birds—
through a camera lens.

Still, I crave closeness,
belonging.
And so it is
that in the cold season
of distance
and silence,
I watch from afar,
taking the chance now
to practice settling alongside
the sweet song
within.