Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Bird to Every Bird Ever 
From the sweet side of a bird 
To the silly side of birds 

The Bird (Shakespearean sonnet) 

It was the morning of another spring
When all the world rejoiced to greet the day
A bird flew to her window where he’d sing
And when his song had ended fly away
And with each day the sun would find him there
To heighten all her dreams with serenade
Assurances of magic in the air
And realms for carefree lovers are still made
Then came an evening filled with storm and clouds
There in her darkness came the sound of rain
The promised glow now hidden deep in shrouds
She prayed for gentle sleep to ease the pain
The sweetness of the morning brought the bird
A sadness in his song which went unheard

A bird's song brings joy and mystery to this Shakespearean sonnet. Here we have a sonnet whose intention is to be a mental play. The first two quatrains paint a lovely picture and a bird who shares girl's joy. Then comes the bitter storm of the third stanza. The rhyming couplet brings the payoff. What happened that night? Why is the bird sad? Why didn't she notice his sadness? 

No, I'm not going to give any clues as to what happened. Instead: Arlene and I moved into our home in June of 1991. Our house has a big backyard. Add to this, only a small vine covered fence separates my yard from my neighbors'. So, my backyard looks very large. We get an unusual amount of wildlife, especially birds. In spring of 1992 a Blue Jay sat outside our bedroom window each morning and sang. Other than being quite beautiful, we didn't pay him much attention. In spring of 1993 the bird was back. Arlene and I had our own messenger of spring. This bit of wonder would continue , year after year, until 1999 (when he didn't show up). 

A Blue Jay singing at my window. Buying a house in San Francisco. As wonder-filled as my life had been, it was about to get better. I am not financially well off. I was just born in the right time for me. I was also brainwashed in the power of positive thinking. With it came a "can do" attitude. So we have an egotist, paid to use his imagination, armed with a "can do" attitude; here to tell you that there is nothing we can't accomplish. It goes beyond believing. It enters the realms of knowing. All and any doubt must be completely removed. This is the right time for all of us. Know this and live. Live life to the fullest. And when a "Blue Jay sings at your window", Enjoy. 

How about a song with all of this: Kenny G "Songbird" 

Are we prepared to take birds to a whole new level 

Blue Jays form monogamous relationships that can last multiple breeding cycles. A pair will usually stay together until one of them dies. Ian Hecox and Daniel Padilla, of Smosh, did extensive research on birds. Not one piece of that research was used in making this video. 
Any relationship between the actors in this video and real birds is purely coincidental. "EVERY BIRD EVER" 

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Be as a bird perched on a frail branch 
that she feels bending beneath her, 
still she sings away all the same, 
knowing she has wings. 
Victor Hugo


  1. I do enjoy the songs of birds, whether it be bluebirds or some other feathered friend. Yes, when birds pay a call I always stop to listen for a moment. They bring us messages of joy and hope.

    A hawk is my ally, when that bird shows up I pay attention he is there to show me the way. This poem is a reminder to listen to the melodies of life. It also makes me wonder about the storms, for that is when doubt and fear come in to try and steal the joy of the song of life.

    1. With so many birds, you can bet my backyard sees some hawks
      Your insight into the poem's ending is very warm

  2. A get up and go attitude can sure get things done and keep you in the black.

    1. You can bet. Just knowing that you can
      Thank you for the support

  3. The small things, which includes singing feathered enchantment, are huge in my world.

    1. That this same bird came back year after year...
      So these kinds of things happened to you too?
      Thank you.

  4. What a sweet and poignant poem. It is wonderful to hear birds and the gifts they give us.

    1. Thank you for the compliment.
      I so agree

  5. Yes...we do need to live life to the fullest. I enjoyed your poem & its explanation!

    1. Thank you for your affirmation.
      Grateful that you enjoyed the poem

  6. Such a beautiful write Martin--really a wonderful story as well

    1. Thank you for the heartfelt complements

  7. How lucky for you to hear that birdsong at your window ~ Yes, live life to the fullest ~ love your message ~

    1. Thank you so much for your warm feelings
      May happiness sing at your window