Today, Hannah Eagleson, a contributor to both the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) Blog and The Well, begins her four part series The Kingdom: Poems for Ordinary Time. Thank-you Hannah! ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director of ESN, editor of ESN’s blog and Facebook Wall.
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The Kingdom: Poems for Ordinary Time
By Hannah Eagleson
They seem doubtful –
Have I really put this thistle out for them,
Or am I hoping for something
More exotic –
A goldfinch or an oriole,
Maybe I would prefer the louder bluejay,
With its panoply
Its assertive tone.
Or the striking cardinal,
That splash of red
Which everyone admires.
They do not realize that I see
The delicate architecture of their wings,
Wrought with patterns
More lavish than they know.
About the author:
Dr. Hannah Eagleson loves building the ecosystem Christian scholars need to flourish and create positive impacts, in the university and beyond. She is Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network, a digital first ministry serving thousands of early career Christian scholars. Dr. Eagleson launched the ESN student/early career track at the American Scientific Affiliation annual faith and science conference. She is the editor of *Science and Faith: Student Questions Explored* (Hendrickson, 2019), and the one-semester guidebook *Scholar’s Compass: Connecting Faith & Work for Academics* (InterVarsity Emerging Scholars Network, 2021), with design by noted liturgical artist Ned Bustard. She also launched the Scholar's Compass online devotional series in her previous role as ESN Editor. Dr. Eagleson holds an MA from St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and a PhD in Renaissance literature from the University of Delaware.