(an on-the-spot spoken poem
recorded on April 13, 2021, 
at about 7:44 a.m.) 

The songs of birds 
always share some good news - 
the gifts they give 
to the universe. 
They're just small birds, 
but they bring 
the silence of songs
to all of us.
Forever and forever, 
we can find our peace 
by presenting ourselves 
to the music of birds, 
bringing our gifts 
to the birds 
like they give to us. 

On our walk in the cemetery this morning, we luckily caught a glimpse of the Stonington High School crew team sculling smoothly up the Mystic River:

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