Three Mysteries

Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection, ‘Three Mysteries’


Some weeks ago it is since first I noticed,

just over the stile, as the Path begins,

these shattered eggshell fragments.

Each time I pass the question comes again:

What happened here? From where might this have come?


Today I come upon another case:

before me on the Path beyond the well

a broken eggshell.  I stoop to look and ponder.

Did the cuckoo rob this egg from a cosy nest

to leave a greedy uninvited lodger?

Or was it just a tidy mother bird

clearing her home after her chick had hatched?


Now past the quarry a third case comes to light.

Below the Path a white egg takes my eye –

unbroken, it seems, but when I look

I find the inside empty and I wonder:

What fellow forest creature has been fed?

Fr La Flynn, Prior

17 May 2021

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