Blue Heron

 

Shimmering in sunlight glancing from the lake
Poised on stilts, patient for its prey:
Dawn apparition—portentous presence
            Imperceptibly distilled into air.

 

Published in the March 24, 2017 issue: 
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Robert P. Imbelli, a long-time Commonweal contributor, is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. A book of essays in his honor, The Center Is Jesus Christ Himself, edited by Andrew Meszaros, was published this year by The Catholic University of America Press.

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