Fourteen Birds

1
A solitary blackbird wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Hollow, like my heart without you.

2
A red-breasted robin wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
The bright, clear chime of spring.

3
A dark-cloaked owl wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Night tolls a savage premonition.

4
A ricebird wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Your bamboo flute replays a gentle harmony.

5
A hummingbird wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
The calla lilies quiver, a delicate carillon.

6
A starling wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Lost in the verge, a single, cerulean egg.

7
A golden-cheeked warbler wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
The memory of your smile.

8
A hill robin wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
In the hedgerow, the tail flick of a siamese.

9
A raven wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Its caws betray the cacophony of a cracked bell.

10
An osprey wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Across the sandbar, the ocean`s dark savannah.

11
A mountain bluebird wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Its bright wings fray into the cobalt sky.

12
A rosefinch wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Amidst the garden bric-a-brac, a pink flamingo tilts.

13
A great blue heron wings away in the backyard,
ringing the rim of a metal fence post.
Like the dream of my father, escaping.


7 comments:

  1. your imagery is rich. good use of color and nature to illustrate emotion

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  2. Such strong connections to nature, life and emotion. Vivid images. Powerful writing. Have a great day.

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  3. Thanks so much for the kind words

    Short link - http://bit.ly/s414birds

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  4. Ahhh and as they ring away together in unison? .... My imaginative perceptions a chorus of emotional melodies! ;) Thank you for this beautiful writing, so well blended. =)

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  5. . . . i don't think i will ever have a more vivid image (and sound now, too) than that of a hollow, metal post , thanks to this poem. Wind chimes and Jamaican steel drums. :-D

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  6. Ha! I have discovered this sweet secret!

    Each bird calling out to us differently.

    Such joy reading your poetry Mr. Peralta.

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  7. Part of the philosophy behind the poem is to show that the choice of a bird in a poem (one word) can change the symbolic tenor of the poem (third line) - so that the bird and that sound can take on a different meaning.

    The 14th - supposed to bring a smile! - is the bird that cannot 'wing away'.

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