Soul Song
A Fable

Deep unto deep calls out
desire to journey floods Kuaka’s soul,
words unthought but known.

One song sung of leaving, arriving, 
life wedged between two halves 
autumn farewells, spring’s arrivals.

Air surges, upwelling, lifting, flight;
Creator’s rhythm spurs wind on wing,
feathers light, strong, flex together.

Nine days and nights coalesce -
one day everlasting. A fast,
body shrinking consumed in flight.

Air, pressure, tone, cadence Kuaka
moves with Kuaka; Creator,
kith and kin sing to each other:

A-wik, a-wik over ancient seas,
wordless songs, rich in meaning,
a void closes between soul and wing.

As Arctic’s polar star dips from sight
Antipodes Southern Cross climbs high,
soul song hymns with earth, sea, sky.

God’s Spirit guides Kuaka’s being,
subtle movements of communion
Kuaka follows Christ’s leading.

Of three treasures do Kuaka sing:
Praises to God of unknown journeys,
trust in His call, joy in His Being.


© Craig A Roberts, 2022

Kuaka: Also known as the Bar-tailed Godwit.
Soul Song: From Book of Eights: Pilgrim Journeys.
Upcoming release.

Photo: Adobestock

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