Waiting For Prepositions


Beside the hawthorn hedge,

Beneath the big belly oak,

The luck-draw Robin stands;

In the puddle,

Along the stream,

The winter thrushsong sounds. 



Beside the stream,

Amid the slush,

I stand.

The luck-draw Robin,

Against the moment,

Strong-flits, dodging the Oxford snow. 



Says the Teacher, 

Walk-dance in time, 

Rivulet the luster,

Over and above

The squawksong 

Mid the rush-tenor of time. 


One, two, three, stop. 

Thrushchat the lyric of now. 


Index Photo Credit

Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.