Redbirds…

After ‘Redbirds’ was posted, my friend and amazing photographer Sally Smith sent me her beautiful photographs- I edited ‘Redbirds’ to include them- I hope you will enjoy reading ‘At the Winter Feeder’ by John Leax again! Thank you Sally for making this post so beautiful! Love y’all, Camellia

Camellia's Cottage

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When a streak of red passes my window in the gray days of winter, I know the Redbirds have returned. In the South, we call these stunning Cardinals-Redbirds. Their cheerful ways and bright feathers always make me happy and remind me of a beautiful poem called ‘At the Winter Feeder’ by John Leax. Winter Holidays can be difficult- may we never forget those who are broken. The Season of Joy and Hope falls hard on some. These are the special ones- the ones whom God has sent to us as Messengers of Need. Look for them, offer them relief if you can- a kind word, a gentle embrace, a seed of hope at the Winter Feeder.

At the Winter Feeder

His feather flame doused dull by icy cold,  the Cardinal hunched into the rough green feeder but ate no seed. Through binoculars I saw festered and useless his beak, broken at the root. Then two, one…

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