THE BENEVOLENCE
by Christine Swanberg

Believe in the benevolence of bees
and bergamot beckoning hummingbirds.
Hail the tiny ones who sail thousands
of treacherous miles to return to us each year.
Rely on the wisdom of crows who congregate
on catalpa trees for their alarms are righteous.
Shout amen to each alleluia tree with branches
bearing fruit, turning leaves, and nests.
Give thanks to the rain and the sun that dance
in contrapuntal perfection their never ending fugue.
Bless each lady bug and firefly, for without them
summer holds less happiness to little children.
Glory be to the swallowtail and monarch
and every short but beautiful, mysterious life.
All gratitude to the gardeners, great and small,
the cultivators and creators, here and above.
Let us never forget the wind, great breath of life.
O, what benevolence bestowed each day
given to us without expectation of pay.

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April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating by sharing with you throughout the month some of the poems (and prose) from our own nature themed anthology called NATURAL VOICES: CELEBRATING NATURE THROUGH OPENED EYES. There are 14 authors in the book and one author’s name will be drawn randomly each time we post a poem or prose excerpt from the book until all authors have been represented. Check our news blog regularly for the poem/prose posts.

Read more about National Poetry Month here: https://poets.org/national-poetry-month

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Get your copy of the anthology here: https://www.naturalland.org/merchandise/