Stars O'er Leighlinbridge

Brilliant be the morning gleam

In waking waltz of childhood dream

In truth I speak of mid day sun

Stretching the sky in sleepy yawn

Loosened earth from harvest field

Steams the valley with fruitful yield 

All the heaps of thistle and stalk

Rest in shadows along the walk. 

Now at dusk falls the light

Conceiving faeries into flight

Dripping sky settles the grass

While tired winds gently pass

Tizzy tizzy bounce my thoughts

Until the sky breaks the lock, 

That holds my fears and tames my dreams,

With star light spears, celestial streams. 

Tired they fall, fiercely they blaze

Gathering the me who anxiously fades. 

All at once with valiant roar

I beam with delight and freely soar. 

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.