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Dead Bird

by Ozymandias

The cry of a bird
curdled my blood
on a cold comfortless night.
The next morning I found him
on the road outside my house,
back broken, body twisted,
beak pointing
towards an open sky
which he never reached. His eyes,
bulging but lustrous,
reflecting life's freedom -
the view
of the distant goal unreached,
long lasting, forever to tantalize
(as for me also,
an ancient home envisaged).

I picked up the body
(the worms
already doing their work). I threw it in some bushes.
Birds, like you, had nested here
(an old nest decayed in upper branches);
young and striving, they flew forth,
eager for the world.
I walked on.
The street was long that lay ahead,
the ground hard that rose up to meet my footsteps.
Children came bright-eyed from the hopeful happiness of mothers
into a harder world. I bade the bird farewell. In untidy bushes
may it know its home again
and, having died ever-lustrous,
sing the rich fellowship of birds into this poor earth.





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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by angeroseblue on Friday, September 11, 2009 (08:56:49)
what a way to look at a birds death
very nice

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Friday, September 11, 2009 (17:51:57)
    Thanks Libby!

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by mercymercy on Friday, September 11, 2009 (21:31:36)
A very moving poems with so many powerful contrasting images. I particulary am drawn in to the ending - "In untidy bushes may it know its home again and, having died ever-lustrous, sing the rich fellowship of birds into this poor earth." I love untidy:ever-lustrous and rich fellowship:poor earth. Excellent!

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Friday, September 11, 2009 (21:58:24)
    Thank you very much. The ending is the best part of this poem!

    Rory

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by schlegel on Friday, September 11, 2009 (23:21:03)
Heh birdy RIP. Jon

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by liarbird on Saturday, September 12, 2009 (21:13:52)
G'day Rory...
Once again, a poet's senses focuses on something that appears insignificant to the mainstream in the hustle bustle.
Even a dead bird deserves comfort and you've given that.
Thank you Rory.

Lindsay

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Saturday, September 12, 2009 (22:22:44)
    Good on ya Lindsay. I often like to write about things that seem insignificant, to try to bring out some significance that is there after all.

    Rory

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by maryanns on Saturday, September 12, 2009 (23:06:48)
Tears, Rory... beauty and freedom lost for this creature of the sky. Your poem touched me with such realism and your kindness to the creature as well as passing children warms my heart.

One morning on the way to town I passed the body of a great blue heron on the shoulder of the road... a vivid memory that simply doesn't go away.

Thank you, Rory. Mary Ann

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Sunday, September 13, 2009 (00:18:20)
    Thanks Mary Ann. There's a parallel drawn, by the way, in the poem, between the children and the young birds leaving the nest.

    Rory

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by thewholesoul on Monday, September 14, 2009 (09:14:19)
what a beautiful poem on a very familiar yet hardly touched upon topic. good job, conor

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Monday, September 14, 2009 (18:58:10)
    Yes, a sight too common, I fear, but one with its own implications. Thanks for your comment.

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Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
by electrictiger on Monday, September 21, 2009 (21:00:00)
This is one of my favorites; you walk a careful line here in tone, and you walk it skillfully.

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    Re: Dead Bird (Score: 1 )
    by Ozymandias on Monday, September 21, 2009 (21:10:49)
    Thank you very much.

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