Bird on a Bare Branch

Attempting to fling a frail song in my little corner of the world

What Bird? November 15, 2007

Filed under: Faith — Jen @ 9:27 pm

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.
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2 Responses to “What Bird?”

  1. Geneva Says:

    Fly! I am excited for you, Jen!

  2. […] branch”. Metal bars in a window are as bare as it gets. I like the daily visual reminder of the poem and prayer that I started this blog with. It’s a good reminder, especially at the end of a work day, about […]


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