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: 

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.

Also by this author
Shepherding the Church

Please email comments to [email protected] and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Must Reads