Sparrows — from “The Kingdom: Poems for Ordinary Time”

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.

PS. If you have poems, essays, and/or reflections to share with Emerging Scholars, please email me.

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sparrows photo

The Kingdom: Poems for Ordinary Time
By Hannah Eagleson

I. Sparrows

Darting, shy,
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,

Perhaps?
Maybe I would prefer the louder bluejay,
With its panoply
Of colors,
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.

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Hannah Eagleson

Hannah Eagleson is a writer/editor on staff with InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She edits ESN's collaboratively written devotional for academics. Hannah also crafts other community-building events and materials for ESN. She holds a PhD in English literature, and she’s working on a novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights to become a tea importer in eighteenth-century England.

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