'The Lesson' by Ruth Mark

Nesting doves announce the morning.
Two of them crammed into
the bird house meant for robins, for blue tits.
Their tails hang over the ledge,
sticks from many-aborted
nest-building-attempts bristle
spiky all around the wooden rim.
The whole house swings with their
weight, exposed to the elements.
Yet none of these hardships matter.
They’re home, together and know it:
cooing contented tones fill
the morning, while we watch fascinated
learning a lesson in happiness, learning
how little possessions matter.

© Ruth Mark 2005

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