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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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 Interim Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She launched and still edits ESN's collaboratively written devotional for academics, Scholar's Compass. Hannah also crafts other community-building events and materials for ESN. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware, and an MA from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. 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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