You knelt inside your hermit’s cell to pray,
Reciting psalms and worshipping your God.
Your narrow little cell was all you had,
And so one hand was stretched out into the day.
And while you sang your psalms, a bird came to lay
Her eggs, in a nest made of your outstretched hand.
She chose you for your safety, your closeness to God,
Or perhaps like Mary, she needed any place to stay.
But why is this a story that we tell?
Why write about a crazy old man, alone
In the wild, singing under a waterfall,
Or having an otter return his book which fell?
Perhaps we do it to remind us that our home
Is shared with people, angels, beasts, with all.
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