Prefer The Branch?

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Prefer The Branch?

As Spring gets into full swing, the days are getting longer. Are you taking advantage of this season to sit outside and listen more? One such morning, a year or so ago, I was enjoying my front porch swing, listening to the mourning doves coo. I observed those delicate birds all sitting on the powerlines that rim my street, each, equal distance apart facing the same direction, all except for one — making a different choice…


I prefer the branch,
where the life
beneath your feet,
flows steady, slow, and sweet.

I know the crowd
gets quite a charge;
latched on, spaced out,
and all abuzz.

You can keep
your net-
work of wires.

I’ll stick to
my neighbor
hood of trees.

For me, fewer but deeper smaller
groups of friends,
instead of a growing shallow list that never ends.

The wire is no place to build a nest
or to try to raise your young.
No summer shade from leaves,
or fruit, or flowers come.

I prefer the branch,
old fashion as that is,
He died on one that we might live
and love through us all that are His.

Do you wrestle at all these days with the tension between quantity and quality of relationships?  Who doesn’t want the most social media friends? Isn’t that how we win? But is the price to be paid to acquire and keep all those friends the loss of more quality time with our closet relationships? What are the concrete steps you take to balance your quality personal time with your few significant relationships and the encouraging light social media time with your hundreds (or thousands) of “friends?”

Now, that’s what I would like to read some comments about.

The Branch, image and poem above, is part of my collection in my photography/poetry book entitled, LISTENING LIKE BREATHING (available on The book includes images, poems, and scriptures which are all inspired by outdoor scenes where I live, all within five miles of my home in Amarillo, Texas.

By | 2018-04-02T11:41:33+00:00 April 1st, 2018|Poems, Uncategorized|2 Comments

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  1. Chris Perry April 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Some good things to ponder. I think we all really want to be that bird. Since I somehow avoided ever joining Facebook, I should have no excuse for not having more time to focus on my immediate “network” than the 1B who use it—and yet I still think I fail often in prioritizing relationships. I think an old-school approach should be considered, and that might mean you set aside once a week to dial an old friend (yes, dial). It’s always unexpected when you get a call from someone who isn’t out to sell you something or ask for a favor.

  2. Bekah April 4, 2018 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I have found going through my Facebook friends list and deleting people who don’t care about me or who I no longer wish to stay connected with helps. A bit harsh perhaps, but it is a depressing reminder for me if I see a bunch of people I would find it weird to message or contact because our friendship is no longer there. So I unfriend them. Also, I make lists so that I touch base with friends that I want a significant relationship with. It is hard though. Life gets busy and the best of intentions sometimes fall to the way side. I don’t think there is an easy solution other than trying to reach out to others when you think of it or think of them.

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