Cardinals – A Poem by Brandon White

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Hello Friends, the following free verse poem arrived this morning. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to time and death and the parts they play in our lives. Since the passing of my Father, my Mother, Wife, and I have all had experiences that led us to believe that we were perhaps being acknowledged from the other side.

To say I wrestle with my belief in such things would be an understatement. I’ll let the poem speak from here. Thank you all for your continued support. I hope you enjoy the piece.


On a slow and winding road,
I spoke to you for the first time
in months

The type of open-hearted
confession known only to those
unsure if they're being heard

I saw a documentary about
signs from the other side
and I want to ask, but I'm hesitant

I think of Cardinals
and pity myself for talking
to the dead

A flash of red past
my windshield makes me smile
and shake my head

I slow for a fast-approaching
curve, see six cardinals
watching from the roadside

and weep for the power
of my doubt

-Brandon White
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  1. Cardinals ate my favorite bird. There’s a photographer I follow that likes to take pics if Cardinals! Anyway…what a meaningful piece Brandon…I know those thoughts ..I have my beliefs, interwoven with doubts sometimes but I also have experienced spiritual things that can only be believed by those who have experienced it as well. Thank you always for these intimate parts if you…it makes me appreciate and respect you that much more when you are so open and vulnerable…truly grateful and privileged to have met you, my friend ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™

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  2. John and I are waiting at Dr. Office for him to be seen….I read him your poem Cardinal and we discussed the implications of your verse. We had a discussion of how we view communication with lost loved ones. I suppose we too are skeptics…though I believe in intuition. I have an upcoming art challenge in my Art4Artist group using the color red…ย  I will use your poem as inspiration! Keep well…hello to the family. Jan Thomas

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