Here a raven in all its arrogance
Here a gull in its single-mindedness
Here a scrappy sparrow full of chatter
Each content in life and work (although to be fair,
they know no different)
And would they live differently if they did?
Would the gull wish its voice more like the sparrow’s
or the sparrow long for the raven’s solitary confidence?
Thankful today for the birds
witnessing to a way of being without discontent or doubt.
Surely this life
is meant for them
and not really for us
who seem to always want what is not ours to have.
Would that we might learn how to be!