Entirely Content

photo by Harry Rodenberger




I do not know what gorgeous thing
the bluebird keeps saying,
his voice easing out of his throat,
beak, body into the pink air
of the early morning. I like it
whatever it is. Sometimes
it seems the only thing in the world
that is without dark thoughts.
Sometimes it seems the only thing
in the world that is without
questions that can’t and probably
never will be answered, the
only thing that is entirely content
with the pink, then clear white
morning and, gratefully, says so.
~Mary Oliver “What Gorgeous Thing” from Blue Horses by Penguin Press






We are experiencing a short reprieve this week from gray and drear and rain and typical April chill temperatures.  It is suddenly fantastically spring, all in a big headlong rush toward summer. Our windows are wide open, there are apple-blossom breezes wafting through the house, the bees are busy, the birds singing at the top of their lungs as soon as daylight appears at 5:15AM.

What gorgeous thing it is to see and hear and smell and taste this glory if only for a day or two.  So full of promise and potential.

Even if, as predicted,
the rain returns this weekend,
even if the grey clouds come back hovering heavily on our shoulders,
even if the air no longer carries forth this incredible perfume,
it did happen
and for the moment,
just a moment,
the world felt entirely content to simply be.





5 thoughts on “Entirely Content

  1. Loved this. We live in Vancouver, WA and are experiencing what you’re experiencing. I do love the rain and cold, so i’ll be a happy camper, if just for a little while longer. 😉 Hope you have a great weekend.♥


  2. I too enjoy the summer-like temperatures and the sun and the early morning birdsong, that wake me with gladness.
    Ah, nature! It always is dependable, yet full of surprises and we are thankful for all he has to offer.

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  3. Oh, the bluebird…so calming…so beautiful.
    Thankfully, presently we have a pair thinking about nesting in one of my boxes.
    I got mealworms tonight to give as a treat to the bluebirds on my morning walk.
    I am soooo thankful God brought birds to my feeders in my new location.
    They always bless my soul.


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