“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.”
– Job 12:6-8 (NIV)
Voice of Birds
There was an eerie silence outdoors
the quiet before the storm
nothing was stirring
not a bumblebee
not a butterfly
not a squirrel
not even my resident wild birds.
Where did they all go?
It is evident that before any thunderstorm
before any tornado
before any earthquake
before any tsunami
before any natural disaster
or any violent shift of activity that saturates the air
diverting their attention from distractions
they get a sign, listening to God
letting them know of impeding danger
telling them to flee to a place of safety.
When you can wakeup
look outside and see birds flying
frolicking with each other
singing and chirping
constructing their nests
feeding their young
this is a clear indication
that life exists and flourishes
for they will not nest where they won’t grow
even in the cradles of a valley.
As it is written in the tenth chapter of Ecclesiastes
“For a bird of the air shall carry the voice,
and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”
Where there is absence of noble activity of birds
life then struggles in desolation and abandonment
the death valley where vultures circle
devouring remnants of fresh road kill
and leftovers from a wild feeding frenzy.
So shall we watch and listen.
Celebrating National Poetry Month with this poem Voice of Birds from the book Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit by author Kym Gordon Moore.