on an overcast morning

the courage of small animals can put us to shame. recently i read a newspaper account of how the insane anger of two chihuahuas had forced a mountain lion up onto the rafters in a garage, where animal control found it, cowering. and it is common to see small birds attacking larger predators. i feel sometimes that i would like to have some of that courage, that fire, to face gray mornings. but sometimes courage can be a cooler emotion when displayed over a longer period of time. 

 

on an overcast morning…

 

…I hear a bird riffing up

and down a tune:

 

the house finch     flame-chested

sparrow-light     skin and hollow bones

 

clockwork  joints

overlaid by mere feather

 

yet I recall finches mobbing

their enormous crows.

 

so is courage stoked by

fire at one’s core?

 

perhaps so.

 

but what of finches’ migration?

no radar’s beam to follow just

 

tired muscle and memory

of sun, wind and moon

 

driven by spirit

more relentless than anger

 

and love of long distance

of beating the miles

 

though some perish

a few lose the way.

 

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sanberdooboy

I've been writing mostly poetry for many years and have gotten a number of works accepted in publications and anthologies. I'm most interested in communicating with poets for whom craft is a high priority. I enjoy finding and commenting on poetic gems in other people's work. For my own work, I welcome polite comments, whether positive or critical.

6 thoughts on “on an overcast morning”

  1. How beautifully you expressed them, their amazing voyage… I almost saw the birds even into the colours… This is wonderful poem, I love birds as I love cats… Thank you, have a nice day, Love, nia

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