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Dan Batson


A small ceramic
Greets me every
Before the sun rises
As I sit down in
The wicker chair
To savor my
First cup of coffee.

A small twinkle in the
Bird’s eyes
Delights me.

My three year old
Grandson, Junior,
Wanders to the porch
With me –
Curious to see

He goes
To my bird
And examines
The forever unchanging
Passerine’s smile.

He turns to look at me
With the bird in his hand.

I begin to wonder
If the bird will
Suffer a shattering fall
Against the unforgiving
Hard tile floor of the

He gives the bird to me;
His expressive expression
States clearly
His unspoken intention.

“I know the joy this gives,
Please keep it away from
Three year old fingers!”

© by Dan Batson.
Used with the author's permission.


Dan Batson is a retired United Methodist pastor who lives in Marietta, South Carolina with his wife, Rene’, and their cats, Ansie Gray and Earl Grey. Author of a memoir, Morning, he is currently working on a murder mystery from a pastor's point of view. Dan enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and family and exploring the Blue Ridge mountains near his home.


Post New Comment:
Very touching and expressive
Posted 05/19/2024 08:16 PM
Lori Levy:
This is great!
Posted 05/19/2024 01:22 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
i love the simplicity and wisdom in this poem. Children are smarter than we think. Sometimes they do the unexpected. I love that this poem shows that.
Posted 05/19/2024 11:20 AM
Wilda Morris:
Another fun poem to start the day! Thank you!
Posted 05/19/2024 08:26 AM
What a cute picture you paint with these words!
Posted 05/19/2024 08:11 AM

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