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Before the Rainbow
Harvey Jenkins

A tree sparrow, balanced
on a small twig
high in a chestnut tree
in an overgrown back yard,
throws its head back  
fills the air with all the hope
a solitary bird can muster
in a cold morning
while a light mist
wraps leafless trees.


From Sudden Thunder Anthology (Silver Bow Publishing, 2011).
Used here with the author’s permission.



Harvey Jenkins is a Vancouver Island writer of haiku, poetry and prose. In the summer of 2010, he walked the Santiago de Compostela, an 800-km journey across northwestern Spain, with his wife, Sharron; that experience is captured in his book, Haiku Moments on the Camino: France to Finisterre. Harvey is a member of Haiku Canada and a regular contributor to their various reviews and anthologies. He is also a member of the BC Federation of Writers and a board member of Nanaimo’s WordStorm Society of the Arts.




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Harvey, you have captured the moment, and opened my eyes this morning. Thank you.
Posted 11/24/2013 12:08 PM
Yes, the poem's colorful title sets the reader up for this poem well.
Posted 11/24/2013 11:01 AM
Cindy Shantz:
I lay in bed this morning, coffee mug beside me, sun streaming throuugh my window, and read your poem. Then I read it again. It was too beautiful to read just once. Thank you, Harvey, for reminding me that a moment of pure observation and reflection is what makes each day fulfilling.
Posted 11/24/2013 10:53 AM
Ginny C.:
a tiny, beautiful moment captured with grace and lyricism--thank you for this
Posted 11/24/2013 10:47 AM
So much in one sentence. This is beautiful.
Posted 11/24/2013 09:38 AM
Donna Pflueger:
Harvey - your poem is exquisite from the title to that powerful moment when we become one with the sparrow. Thank you for sharing.
Posted 11/24/2013 08:36 AM

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