Safe House

After picking blackberries this morning in the side garden, I thought I saw something different among the brambles,

so I pulled back a prickly branch

and then I pulled back another leaf or two,

and behold, hidden deep in the thorny brambles

a tiny bird nest!

May we all have the courage to create, twig by twig, for ourselves, even among life’s tangled thorns, such a safe haven to hide away in when we feel most vulnerable, when we are hatching out some precious new way of life, when we must make somehow secure that which we have been given to nurture in this world.

Thank you, little feathered friend, for this lovely lesson in planning, execution, and endurance. We’ll just tuck the leaves back where we found them.

Safe house, blackberry bush, Earthsprings 2012.

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