The Shepherd of Swallows

They swirl and they spin,

darting this way and that.

They are hard to follow—

and hard to catch.


Like swallows, they

are lively and ever-moving,

and rarely seem to sleep;

and even in our sleep,

they keep moving.


Our thoughts—

are never still;

our minds

in motion—



We need a shepherd,

and a guide.


With words like trained falcons,

the prayers of the church disrupt

our swallow’s erratic motions—

and flying in formation,

they bring our thoughts

into line.


How do you catch a swallow

and put it in a cage?


Very difficult…


But fly alongside—

as they swirl,

be their guide.


With prayers,

they will follow

by your side—


and find safe




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