Adele Gallogly


A Poem for the Impatience-Possessed


… from the ever-so-lovely Luci Shaw:

Possess your soul in patience

Own it. Hold your heart the way
you’d hold a live bird–your two hands
laced to latch it in, feeling
its feathery trembling, its fledgling
warmth, its faint anxieties
of protest, its heart stutter
against the palm of one hand, a fidget
in the pull of early light.

Possess it, restless, in
the finger cage of patience. Enfold
this promise with a blue sheen
on its neck, its wings a tremor
of small feathered bones
until morning widens like
a window, and God opens
your fingers and whispers, ‘Fly!’

Photo by Sam Plant (discovered on Twitter via the also-lovely @JenniSimmons)


Author: Adele Gallogly

I'm a writer and editor living in the lovely city of Hamilton, Ontario. By day, I write for World Renew, a relief and development agency; during evenings and weekends, I let short stories, essays, and other pieces out to play. I like to write about the intersection of faith, art, culture, and justice.

8 thoughts on “A Poem for the Impatience-Possessed

  1. We can be such trembling birdies inside. sometimes. This is perfect. Thank you.
    ~ Lily

  2. Beautiful. All the more poignant for me since I own a tiny little parrotlet, and feel his heartbeat against my palm every day. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Beautiful and touching.

  4. I love this poem! WELCOME! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take concerning life and its events as seen through the lens of my camera.


  5. Very beautiful indeed!

  6. Wonderful poem!!! (Especially on a day when I’m particularly impatient with myself…)

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