If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Isaiah remained hanging from a lower branch, dangling like a ripe kid-fruit, but even his apparent apathy had a purpose: Immediately after Sage placed the baby bird in its nest, it came plunging out and landed on the ground. It was Isaiah who plucked it up, climbed to where Emery was clinging to a branch, and had her pass the robin up to Sage and Justin. Sure, “They also serve who only stand and wait,” but Isaiah proved that John Milton could have accurately replaced the verb “stand” with “dangle.”
Eventually, the mission was accomplished, and the heroes made their triumphant descent.
I think Emily Dickinson would have been proud.