Friday, February 5, 2016

Alpha Male and Grace

photo by Jack Heniford (1947-2015)


It comes when you’re not looking. Has been there
Before you noticed. Blazes forth between
The hickory’s new leaves, their tender green
Massy above you flopped into a chair,
Hot from the garden, with an aching back.
Two phoebes flit from tree to eave to tree
Feeding the tyrant nestlings you can’t see;
You watch them labor, mind and body slack

Then among bobbing boughs a flick of red!
Binoculars have leapt into your hand,
Swept the green shapes and fixed an active blur
That moves—moves—lights in focus as the wind
Pushes, and full sun strikes him breast and head.
It flares, it flames out. Scarlet tanager.

"Grace" by Judith Moffett from Tarzan in Kentucky. © David Robert Books, 2015

photo by Jack Heniford (1947-2015)

Post Script:

Julie is back at the manor and doing very, very well.  Thank you for all your prayers.


  1. Very happy to read that Julie is doing well. beautiful post.

  2. Yay! I'm so glad Julie is doing well.

  3. I bet Julie is SO happy to be back at the Manor! I will continue to pray for her! Have a blessed week ahead dear Nancy, HUGS!


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