Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Birds

Photo Credit: Deepak Amembal's Magiceye

Midweek Motif ~ Birds

"You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?"----Rumi

"The science of ornithology has grown so rapidly because the poetry of birds has led so many people to study them. Wholly to divorce the science from the poetry would injure the science"----Alexander Skutch

"Valmiki is the first , the father, of all poets. He is also the first known birdwatcher, and it is his bird watching that has occasioned his invention: from shoka (grief) comes shloka (poetry)"----Leonard Nathan, Diary of a Left-Handed birdwatcher

"O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a wild desire."----Robert Browning

This week will see avian verses.

For thousands of years these feathered beauties have fascinated the creative minds. They have been celebrated in literature, from the ancient Greek poets to the Renaissance poets to the Haiku masters of the seventeenth century Japan to the English Romantics of the nineteenth century.

This great connection and fond relationship with the birds continue.

Today your poems must be connected with birds. It may include fictional birds or even bird watching.

Some bird poems for you:

A Haiku 
by Matsuo Basho

On a withered branch
A crow has alighted
Nightfall in autumn

Ode to Bird watching
by Pablo Neruda

Let's look for birds!
The tall iron branches
in the forest,
The dense
fertility on the ground
The world
is wet.
A dewdrop or raindrop
a diminutive star
among the leaves.
The morning time
mother earth
is cool.
The air
is like a river
which shakes
the silence.
It smells of rosemary,
of space
and roots.
a crazy song.
It's a bird.
out of its throat
smaller than a finger
can there fall the waters
of its song?
Luminous ease!
of music
in the leaves.
Sacred conversations!
Clean and fresh washed
is this
day resounding
like a green dulcimer.
(The rest is here)

by Mary Oliver

This morning
two mockingbirds
in the green field
were spinning and tossing
the white ribbons
of their songs
into the air.
I had nothing
better to do
than listen.
I mean this
In Greece,
a long time ago,
an old couple
opened their door
to two strangers
who were,
it soon appeared
not men at all,
but gods.
It is my favorite story--
how the old couple
had almost nothing to give
but their willingness
to be attentive--
but for this alone
the gods loved them
and blessed them--
when they rose
out of their mortal bodies,
like a million particles of water
from a fountain
the light
swept into all the corners
of the cottage,
(The rest is here)

Note: If you use the photo of this prompt please refer to the source.

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.
                         (Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be - Bullying)


  1. Thank you for the midweek soar!

  2. I joined the flock :-)
    Thanks for the prompt.

  3. Hi kids. Not my usual bird poem, but a bird I used to know. Thanks, Sumana, for the prompt.

  4. Hey everyone,

    Hope you are having an amazing day so far, sharing my poem "Ode to Lovebirds." Thank you Sumana for the lovely prompt and inspiration.

    Lots of love,

  5. Hello friends, hope you enjoy the prompt :)

    1. Yes, yes. Over at Facebook, another Mary Stewart poem! Thanks for this one. It's Soul awakening.

  6. Hello everyone, pardon my sad addition, but not really feel well, today. Will be logging off, early, today.

  7. Thank you, Sumana!

    I will be back to read more...the sun is out and I need to catch a ray or two! :)

  8. Good Wednesday everyone, the rain has just started here, music on my tin roof, the birds have gone to shelter no doubt

    much love...

  9. I love this prompt. I've been struggling with two poems that just will not resolve. But I love them too, so it's worth waiting. For now, I will read and enjoy. It's been a while since I let myself do that.

  10. Thanks Sumana for the prompt.Pre-Monsoon rains have finally made an appearance, who can suppress excitement at the first sighting of looming monsoon clouds...:)
    I'll be back here to read the other entries tomorrow. Thanks

  11. Enjoyed your prompt, Sumana! Birds are such an important part of our world!

  12. I am a bit late but, I will be around to read ...

  13. I am a bit late too, but I will comment the rest tomorrow, as it is getting late here.

  14. Birds are fabulous creatures and so good used both literally and figuratively in poetry. Thanks, Sumana!


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