Sky Watch – Pigeons O’er the Mission

20 Nov

Sky Watch at Mission San Juan Bautista

Pigeons roost.
Startled, they fly in great circles
and settle again on the old tile roof.
Do they know why the bells toll?
Do they feel the prayers of those within rise up past them?
Do they guide them up to Heaven?
Or do they watch them pass and shake their heads, wondering at the ways of people.

© 2008, Liza Lee Miller.  All Rights Reserved.

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13 Responses to “Sky Watch – Pigeons O’er the Mission”

  1. Gemma 21 November, 2008 at 2:24 am #

    What a dazzling blue sky! And the birds flying over the church tower makes the whole photo seem so romantic!

  2. Bobbie 21 November, 2008 at 4:38 am #

    The old missions are so charming. And that sky is so very blue!

  3. Darla 21 November, 2008 at 5:07 am #

    Wonderful photo, the Mission, the birds, the greenery, the sky, you captured it all.

  4. babooshka 21 November, 2008 at 5:32 am #

    It is a pretty little place.

  5. Fishing Guy 21 November, 2008 at 6:39 am #

    Neat captures of the birds on the roof.

  6. Linda Reeder 21 November, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    It’s as if the birds are rising like the prayers in your poem. Lovely.

  7. wren 21 November, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    Love the photo and the poem. There’s something about pigeons, even when we hate to admit it.

  8. Hope 21 November, 2008 at 4:47 pm #

    Such a lovely photo!

  9. The Arthur Clan 21 November, 2008 at 5:15 pm #

    What a clear blue sky. I love everything about your photo!

  10. Nina 21 November, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    I wonder, too.
    That’s a nice combination of soft muted colors. Very southwest.

  11. Susan Gets Native 21 November, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    That’s very pretty, Liza.
    So, Capistrano has the swallows, and this place gets pigeons? What a rip off!
    : )

  12. Liza Lee Miller 21 November, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    Thanks everyone for the good words. Wren, Pigeons have their place . . . and it’s pretty much in places like that.


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