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Spirit Visits From Loved Ones - Cardinal Spirit Poem

Updated on May 29, 2017
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A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Bright Red Cardinals Often Carry Spirits

Colorful birds catch our attention when they fly into our periphery or perch in our vicinity.
Colorful birds catch our attention when they fly into our periphery or perch in our vicinity. | Source

Spirit Visits of Our Deceased Loved Ones

It is believed by some that our deceased loved ones never leave us. We miss them dearly and they know it. Their spirits are said to make visits to protect us, guide us, provide us comfort, and to let us know they are always around. This belief never rang so true for me until my mother passed away.

It's been a little over six years and I miss her with the same intensity as if she died yesterday. I still reach for the phone to call her and occasionally have to pause when I have something interesting to tell her. Within a half-second, I suddenly realize I cannot, at least not in the way I would prefer.

“The illusion is we are only physical.”

― Vanna Bonta, Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel

My Mother's Spirit

Since the day I returned home to Washington, DC after my mother's funeral in Buffalo, New York, she has been with me. My mother's loving spirit appeared for the first time in the form of a beautiful cardinal, as I pulled up in the car, in front of my house. This bird was curiously perched atop the house address light post. As soon as I looked at it, I instinctively knew it was my mother sending me a message through the cardinal, that she was here and that I would be okay.

To this day, I continue to see cardinals as they sporadically appear in my back and front yards. Is it the same bird each time? Not likely, but I know it's her spirit each time greeting me. One day, there were two outside the bathroom window on the roof. I believe she brought my deceased brother along (who had preceded her in death six years earlier) to say hello.

Before doing research for this topic, I had never heard of cardinals being one of the most common animals for spirit visitations. Writing a poem without this prior knowledge, confirmed for me that what I've known and felt in my own spirit and soul was not imagined. I offer the following poem in memory of my dearly departed mother whose spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of family members, friends and in the lovely life form of a graceful red bird.

A Poem About Spirit Visitation


"Cardinal Spirit"


Perched in front of my house

Dressed in your favorite color

You greeted me with your spirit

"Welcome Back!"

You appeared to let me know

"I am with you"


I see you in the morning

Flying through the air

Landing on the porch roof

Or perching on a branch of a tree

High in the sky, swooping downward

You stop in your tracks

Giving pause to your daughter


Looking out for you, expecting you

Knowing you will show

Keeping your visits of promise

Even at mid-afternoon

As I'm leaving out

There you are, waving your wing

Bidding me, "Have a good day"


My heart still broken

Losing you too soon

Needing to hear your voice

Missing our talks and laughs

The presence of the cardinal

Ushering in your spirit

Comforts my soul


JLE 2017

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. Love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves it's own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

A Mother's Love Never Dies

The late Viola A. Leslie and Janis Leslie Evans share a mother-daughter moment, forever etched in time.
The late Viola A. Leslie and Janis Leslie Evans share a mother-daughter moment, forever etched in time. | Source

Birds and Insects are Common Animals for Spirit

The deceased visit their loved ones in many animal forms, most commonly birds and insects.
The deceased visit their loved ones in many animal forms, most commonly birds and insects. | Source

Your Experience With Spirit Visits

Do you receive visits from your deceased loved ones?

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© 2017 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Patty Inglish 3 months ago from North America

      In the Ohio Appalachian Mountains and on toward the center of the state, there is a belief that a deceased loved one's spirit will fly through the house shortly after the person passes and is buried or cremated.

      I've heard several older people speak of this and it may come from the beliefs and true experiences of both Native Americans and the Irish and Scottish settlers. I know from my lineage that red symbolizes spirit and blood, so what better bird than this one to remind us of a lost loved one, even as the go-between messenger angel?

      We've been fortunate to have cardinals nearby our houses during the whole winter, often gathering in front of the picture window with other birds, but the swath of red is awesome! I'll be looking for cardinals in Heaven one day.

      Blessings to you in God.

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      Susan Fisher 3 months ago

      I know when my mom is around in the spring, the wind rises for no reason and blows blossoms off the trees, or I will feel drops of rain when there is no sign of it. On the other hand, I have other relatives and friends that visit, but often its not til later that I recognise them in their new shape. It gives me hope to feel and think this way.

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      Patty Inglish 3 months ago from North America

      @Susan - Do you remember in Disney's ""Pocahontas" where she recognized her mother visiting as colorful leaves and flowers on a breeze, and the background music was Pocahontas singing "All the Colors of the Wind"?

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      mactavers 3 months ago

      My mother loved butterflies and she had numerous items around her home with butterfly images on them. (She even had towels with butterflies on them.) Whenever I see a butterfly out of season, or fly unexpectedly close, I know she is watching me.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      God's peace be with you, too, Patty. Thanks for sharing the history and folklore about the cardinal. I appreciate your visit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks so much for sharing, Susan. I love the rain visit. Water is life. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Absolutely she is, mactavers. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Janis, I am sure your mother is continuing to visit and watch over you as a cardinal and maybe in other ways. I experience similar things with my father would died about 13 years ago. We gave him a rose bush for his birthday and since his death it flowers every year on the anniversary of his death and birthday. I believe it is him saying he is still watching over us. I wrote a hub about it "My Father's Rose." Love your poem.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      What a wonderful comfort to you this must be. My aunt could always sense my father's presence when there was a smell of lavender in the air.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Mary. It is comforting to know she's with me. I appreciate your visit.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for sharing that amazing experience, John. I will have to come by and read your hub. Glad you liked the poem.

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      Nice poem and loving thoughts that bring hope and deepens faith. If something helps you; enhances Peace, then it is always useful. Much Love, Janice.

      P.S. You look alike - a face of insight and hard work.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, manatita, you made me smile. Your visits are always appreciated.

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      Clive Williams 3 months ago from Nibiru

      Mother=Love=Life. Very Nice

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Clive. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Angela Wall 3 months ago

      What a lovely tribute to your mother, Janis! I agree that our loved ones visit us through many living creatures and blooming plants. When I was a little girl in Barbados I did not like it if a lady bug landed on or near me. My mother sensed my distress when a lady bug landed on my arm one day. She picked it up and allowed it to crawl in the palm of her hand and told me they were beautiful and brought good luck so I had nothing to fear! Many years later when she passed away and my cousin and I were standing over her casket saying our final good byes, a ladybug crawled out of the corsage that was pinned on her bosom and continued to traverse across her blouse before leaving our sight! At that moment I had a flash back to the time she shared the beauty and harmlessness of this little bug with me so many years ago. I knew she was saying I had nothing to fear and all was well and would continue to be so! To this day I cherish these bugs and always acknowledge her loving presence whenever I see one! Isn't it wonderful how God orchestrates nature!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      Oh Angela, that was a beautiful story. Thank you so much for validating the existence of our loved ones spirits. Yes, it is so wonderful how God orchestrates nature. Well put! Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave a very touching comment. I appreciate you sharing your experience.

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      Juanita Williams 3 months ago

      My deceased grandson spoked to me in the form of chimes hanging in a tree. He let me know that he was happy and I could let him go be God's angel.

      I know my mom is always with me because I dream of her and there are cardinals that are constantly sitting in the tree right outside my kitchen window watching me. I never thought of it before that it is angel sent from my mom.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 months ago from Washington, DC

      So beautiful, Juanita. God sends his angels in many forms to comfort us. Thank you so much for stopping by to read this and share your experiences.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 2 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Recently my youngest son told me that there was a "red bird" just looking at him through our living room window. I was curious so I went to see what he was talking about. There was a cardinal, just staring at him. I explained to him that I believed it was his dad, who died 2 years ago, coming to visit him to make sure I was taking care of him. He laughed, and said, "He shouldn't have any doubts."

      The cardinal then flew away, after I had a chance to take a photo, of course, only to reappear at my son's bedroom window.....and again spent several minutes just looking at us.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

      Oh my goodness. This warms my heart. Thank you so much for sharing, Gina. Blessings to you and your son. I appreciate your visit.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 months ago from California

      We find comfort where we can--and I am glad that you found yours in this beautiful bird. This is such a hopeful and lovely write--

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 months ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you kindly, Audrey for saying so, and for your visit.

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      Shauna L Bowling 7 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Jan, this is a beautiful poem and a wonderful picture of you and your mom! Her eyes are full of life. I'm sure her cardinal spirit is very comforting for you. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 7 weeks ago from Washington, DC

      Oh, bravewarrior, thank you for your comforting words. I really appreciate your visit, so glad you liked the poem.

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