I almost missed them
… but then I saw them.

“Hello there”
I said ever so quietly.

As I moved closer
looked at the baby swallows
perched inside a rolled-up carpet
in a friend’s carport,
they came closer and closer to the edge
and looked back at me.

“Hello there”
they cooed or whatever swallows do.

We didn’t speak one another’s language
but we had made a connection.
Not a human connection
but a connection
… one living creature to another.

I dream of the time
when human beings can make a connection
with other human beings
and say
“Hello there”
… without fear.


photos & text © june maffin





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