The new blog is finally here. It took awhile because I was never satisfied with any blog names I came up with or that were suggested to me. At last a name was suggested that really resonates with me. Not because the name itself is particularly captivating – although I do like the image of a bird on a bare branch – or that it conjures up images of Mozambique or Africa, but because of what originally inspired it. My good friend Tom suggested the name. It’s a hand-me-down as it belonged to a now-dead blog of his. He originally took it from a poem by Jane Tyson Clement. I find this poem particularly beautiful, and is my prayer for myself and all my readers:Bird on the bare branch, Flinging your frail song on the bleak air, tenuous and brave – like love in a bleak world, and, like love, pierced with everlastingness. O praise that we too may be struck through with light, may shatter the barren cold with pure melody and sing for Thy sake till the hills are lit with love and the deserts come to bloom.
What Bird? November 15, 2007