Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
It was not like the others of its kind
That is why Noah chose it, of all the animals to check.
(Or perhaps it was like those others
and it was simply the fastest in the cage,
leaping to the mans hand…
perhaps it was only in that Greater Later
that the thing found itself born again.)
Out and back
out and back
out, out, out…
But never back, that third time.
Never landing below
the ground had let the dove down before.
up and up
up and up
up… and then…
Time passed, a timeless time past.
The bird made new
or perhaps it’s true nature revealed.
to lead us from our otherwise death