Watching for the kingfisher.


Prayer is like watching for the
All you can do is
Be where he is likely to appear, and
Often, nothing much happens;
There is space, silence and
No visible sign, only the
Knowledge that he’s been there
And may come again.
Seeing or not seeing cease to matter,
You have been prepared.
But when you’ve almost stopped
Expecting it, a flash of brightness
Gives encouragement.

-Anne Lewin

4 thoughts on “Watching for the kingfisher.

  1. Reminds us all of the chiros and the chronos aspects of time. When we pray we are hopefully stepping out of chronos and inviting the eternal. Beautiful poem!

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  2. Gretchen thank you for that poem… I’m sure I’ve read it before but it comes at such a wonderful time for me. I got Covid, suffered a few days and find that I am not recouping very well. I believe I’m going to need B12 shots. And that’s fine; I’m resting comfortably in my home.

    Like waiting for the Kingfisher, I wait for my next assignment! Today was the first time I considered moving back North to be with my family. When I read of your family, my heart “burns within me”….



  3. Yesterday my son and I went to a Japanese garden. As we leisurely walked around the lake that was central to the park we spied a turtle that was so still we wondered if it was a metal statue.
    Thinking of the poem you shared with us Gretchen he and I sat down and I read the poem to him.
    We watched the turtle silently and waited.
    Did it move ever so slightly?
    Now we waited expectantly.
    Then, the turtle swing his head around towards us as if to say, “I am alive!”
    How happy we were!!!
    Thank you dearest Gretchen for sharing.

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