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so wonderful, we have a cardinal couple at the feeder, so fortunate.
thanks for the poem
On Dec 21, 2013, at 3:43 PM, Patti Haynes wrote:

> Happy Solstice birders!
> 
> The following is a poem written by Mary Oliver that I felt fit the occasion:
> 
> 
> RED BIRD
> 
> Red bird came all winter
> firing up the landscape
> as nothing else could.
> 
> Of course I love the sparrows,
> those dun colored darlings,
> so hungry and so many.
> 
> I am a God-fearing feeder of birds.
> I know He has many children,
> not all of them bold in spirit.
> 
> Still,for whatever reason----
> perhaps because the winter is so long
> and the sky is so black-blue,
> 
> or perhaps because the heart narrows
> as often as it opens---
> I am grateful
> 
> that red bird comes all winter
> firing up the landscape
> as nothing else can do.