Fledgling Flight

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker


Ephemeral moments

Swooping skyward and sailing off

How quickly childhood flies away


You emerged from sheltering shell

And nestled under parental wing

In need of gathering-warmth

For a time


But now

No longer nestlings

You are perched on the edge of adulthood

Full-grown fledglings ready to soar


As you take to the air

You skim off and steal away

Part of me with you


Your trials and triumphs

Hallowed ground where I see the miraculous

That calls for loftier anthems of petitions and praise

Than I can compose


The drop of time we anticipated

And enjoyed you

Incomparable to your Eternal Father’s

Vast ocean of planning

And provision for you


Parent beyond compare

The Author of Every Good Thing

May you soar in the solace

Of His steadfast love


Consider His purpose

And consent to His plan

As you take wing

My beautiful Brood


kpeterson march 2013

To enjoy some spectacular photography of life in the wilds of Idaho, visit Adam Brubaker’s site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiedtonature/. Thank you for the use of your photo, Adam. 

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2 Responses to Fledgling Flight

  1. Annette says:

    One of the hardest parts of parenting…. letting go. This is so beautiful. Thank God that we have Him to walk with us and with our babies as they begin to take flight into the unknown to us…world that lies ahead for them.

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