[Ed. Note: The following poem first appeared on the blog Offbeat Compassion on July 12, 2016. There is a link to that blog in the bio below. — JB]
Quiet Drama in a Garden
Evening is closing in on a
Bush bearing roses of Sharon.
Darkness disables their blossoms
Except for one holdout:
One lone flower tucks itself in
According to its own readiness to surrender,
As a robin chants
The closing hymn.
-by Karen B. Kaplan
Rabbi and board certified Chaplain Karen B. Kaplan is author of Encountering the Edge: What People Told Me Before They Died, (Pen-L Publishing, 2014) a series of true anecdotes capped with the deeper reasons she chose her vocation. Besides submitting multiple entries published in Expired And Inspired, she has her own blog, offbeatcompassion.com, where you can read more stories and reflections like this one.