affirmed the crossbills

here, and right here

which is just the place 

you had turned from


away from some emotion

and its bothersome visit

at some inconvenient hour


like now


but as you gaze up at these

beings, feathered and busy,

vivd in the sunlight


you know again what it is 

to feel welcomed

and also

how to welcome


for as you turn toward the rush 

of belonging 

in each moment

it lands on swift feet, here

and here

always a willing host to what you 



and so you bend

like the branch, spruce cone



and hold each guest 

gently, in the light


watching them pause to


their bright wings.

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