Blackbird Rising

Blackbird Rising

Lens framing the rising sun,
I turn at the sound of a trill
Red-wing clings to tall grass,
wary of my presence

Greeted by a stunning image
in the glow of morning’s light
My lens pivots to capture
the beauty of a perfect pose

Framing and focus seem
only a matter of seconds
Avian patience exhausted
its wings are lost in the rising sun

This poem is a re-imagining of Consolation, a poem I posted here
for NaPoWriMo 2015, before I had many followers.

Shared with Open Link Night at dVerse~ Poets Pub

Top: Chris Engel / Pixabay
Bottom: David P. Whelan / Morguefile

36 thoughts on “Blackbird Rising

  1. As a poet and photographer, I agree that poetry can capture what the camera lens is too slow to grasp. Words rise out of images, but more importantly images rise out of words.

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  2. Cannot count the times I’ve tried to get a good photo of a redwing blackbird! They just do NOT have patience to sit still. More challenging still, often the beautiful shield of red is not visible. Applause for your patience and luck with camera – an inspiring read. I’ll try again …
    (Enjoyed reading the earlier poem also – thanks for including the link.)

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  3. Nothing will detract from my admiration for this work, KG, but I have to admit:
    after I read it for the 1st time and went about my business until I could sit down & respond, I was hum/singing The Beatles tune, Blackbird. Sorry.

    They DO fly away, though, don’t they? Nice work.

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    • Thank you, Ingrid. I’m in Missouri at the far north end of the Ozarks, so it’s mostly hills and bluffs with little wetland (at least in my immediate area). They were a frequent sight when I lived in Western New York.

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  4. You captured photography in words with this one, Ken, as well as the blackbird. I love how it interrupted your concentration with a trill, and the interplay of bird and light, and how your reading brought it to life..

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    • I’m in mid-Missouri. Besides the typical sparrows and finches, I see plenty of cardinals and the occasional woodpecker. There’s always a tufted titmouse or chickadee at the bird feeder.


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