Differently Full

this nest
as another
takes flight – alight
with learning, she does
what she is – adventure,
grace, joy, tenacity, beauty.
Like her sisters – each a
grace, a gift, a realization
that more accompanies
our every act. So we
know that this nest
will never be
truly empty
differently full.


11 thoughts on “Differently Full

  1. Is what does. Blessings to the parents.

  2. Marie Taylor says:

    Ahhh – we raise them to be strong and brave and not need us and yet … and yet…

  3. bejamin4 says:

    Very well put: “[….] a realization / that more accompanies / our every act.” Wonderful title.

  4. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks for commenting. Glad you like the title; the last line just kind of came to me, and so seemed fitting for a title.

  5. shoreacres says:

    I saw your tweet about the three in college now – and what a celebration of that your poem is.

    Do you know what I like best about the poem? Not so much the words, or not only the words, but the form on the page. Tip it sideways – see the curve? And that last line, “differently full”, clearly is the beginning of another curve, another phrase [sic] of life.

  6. dianerivers says:

    I love what you did with the line lengths and how they convey an ordered movement. There’s music there. And I so relate to that empty nest and the new experience of life that it ushers in. I’m also trying to discover what God has for me as I move forward “differently full”. Beautiful, as always, Allen.

  7. agjorgenson says:

    Thanks Diane. i trust you will find an adventure of one fashion or another around the corner in this reign of God!

  8. jannatwrites says:

    I love the ending and the idea of differently full. Empty nest always sounded so lonely and final, like the only thing left to do is wait for our last breath.

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