Resilience Speaks

Juvenile Cooper’s hawk perched on my fence (photo: Craig Sabin)

Resilience speaks without a sound,
With words uplifting and profound.
All nature has her on display,
I saw her just the other day.

A cooper’s hawk without a leg,
Still hunts for food and doesn’t beg,
And soars upon the stormy sky,
And never stops to wonder why.

Were me I’d mope upon my bed,
Rely on others to be fed,
Bemoan that life is now so hard,
And question why it dealt this card.

O Lord, I need Your faith to see
Your gentle hand of love for me
Beneath the trials of my life,
Within the things that cause me strife.

And trust to know that You know best,
And in that trust to find Your rest.
And by Your faith still dare to try,
And soar upon the stormy sky.

“All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”

The Book of Proverbs, Chapter 15, verse 15.

This young, one-legged cooper’s hawk was an unwelcome visitor to our yard last Fall. His visit was short, terminated by a large, territorial crow who screamed at him incessantly and repeatedly engaged him in aerial combat (which was something to witness), until he decided the tasty menu of small birds and squirrels in our yard wasn’t worth the constant harassment.

I’d hate to think that whatever misfortune deprived this young hawk of his right leg could have been the result of deliberately misleading advice from my old friend Foghorn Leghorn.

© Craig Sabin 2021 All rights reserved

30 thoughts on “Resilience Speaks

  1. I love this poem! I used to have a long commute to teach school (75 minutes one way) along a lonely highway. For something to do, I started counting hawks along the way. It was a challenge because they are quite hidden in the trees. Blessings, Craig!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! I know what you mean about the hawks. For years when we would visit my mother we had a 2 hour trip down a highway with lots of trees and brush and we used to also count the hawks! Kind of like as a kid counting out-of-state license plates on long trips.

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  2. He came… he saw… he conquered your will… caused you to write a poem that remains still… with but one leg he stands on the fence… and looks at you… Resilience you think aloud… and his eyes say… haa… yes… my friend..
    and you too…

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    1. Yes, and at first I resented his intrusion, for the sake of the little creatures that find a soft place in my heart, but then with contemplation I began to consider his perspective and the lesson which was offered…

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  3. This was a beautiful poem – I liked the rhythym and rhyme in it. Regarding its message, I agree that resillience is an important element for a follower of God to have. With his strength and love, we have the ability to fight through whatever difficult situation we or the people around us face without giving up. He will be with us every step of the way. Thanks for sharing ❤

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    1. Yes, very well stated, Simone! I’m glad you liked the poem. At first I didn’t like the hawk because my wife feeds the little birds and critters that hawks hunt and kill for food. I was so intrigued by him missing a leg and pondered on what his life must be like and then I realized that he exhibits a beautiful trait that is worth writing about. And yes, I am so thankful for the strength and resilience that the Lord grants in His mercy and grace. God bless!

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    1. LOL, yes indeed. Praise the Lord for His grace and forbearance and for the blessed Spirit that ministers to us when we are least deserving. Who can fathom the depths of the love of God for His chosen? Thanks for your comment, Ann.
      God bless!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Deborah! There is something about seeing courage in the face of trials displayed by others that glorifies our Lord and stirs the heart to follow suit. God bless!

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    1. Hi Crissy, thank you so much for your kind encouragement. I’m so glad to think that the Lord can take what I do and hopefully bless others through it. Blessings to you also!

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  4. You’re welcome Craig….I believe God sheds His Grace on all His children, even though some of us may be slow learners, as long as we incline our heart to absorb His Love through the Truth of His Word. ♡

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  5. We should all be so resilient as this beautiful hawk, in the face of lifes calamities. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit could this ever be so. God takes care of His own. Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing. 🕊

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    1. Yes, so very true. I’m so grateful for His care for me, and also for His patience and His grace with a slow-learner such as I. Thank you for your comment, Lilyofthevalley777. God bless!

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  6. Dear Craig,

    How wonderful that our Lord used a one-legged hawk (nice photo) to speak His wisdom to us through your thoughtful poem! How much we need His Spirit to set our spirits soaring again to revel in His perspective! Birds have so much to teach us of God’s providence. May we have ears to hear. Thanks for the poem. ❤️


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    1. Thank you, Dora! The Lord’s blessed Spirit never fails to apply His wisdom and encouragement if I only lift up my eyes and ears to see and hear. I so agree with your observations, and apart from Him, who knows where I would be! God bless!

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      1. God has blessed me through your words today. When my eyes and ears fail to see & hear, still His love shed abroad in my heart sustains me. My spirit fails. Somehow the Holy Spirit keeps the Cross before me to tell me of Christ’s love. The love of Jesus — oh how sweet it is! ❤️His richest blessings be yours, Craig. 🕊

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    1. I agree with you, Gary. I’m afraid he has his work cut out for him, but I definitely wouldn’t count him out, from the look of his remaining leg. I’d say he’s still fairly capable. God bless!

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