Monday, July 31, 2006


Poetry challenge:

Watch this video about starlings, then write a poem in response.


Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

migratory stir in empty sky

flick of movement
in collective sends
starlings clockwise
then counter

which first sets
sights on evergreen?
before all eyes shine
focus convergence

green sea parts
cleaves to air with all
not offered still
iridescent plumage

alights in branches
quickening weighs
suddenly until
black sun aloft again

shapes communicate
how communally
we fail then fly

10:40 AM, August 03, 2006  
Blogger reniebob said...

Cool video! Thanks for your poem and for inspiring me today.

If Not for Starlings

Starlings swoop and swerve,
dive into the evergreen arms
of a cedar as if pulled
by the force of a magnet.
We watch as the combined
weight of a hundred birds
splits the tree like a knife
sinking into a loaf of bread,
bending the limbs
but not breaking them.
You’ve got to admire
their decisiveness,
the way the starlings turn
and turn again,
keep coming back
to the same tree,
its strength and flexibility
a certainty to them
but unknown to us
until this very moment.

9:06 PM, August 03, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

I love your poem, Irene, especially the bread and the ending - thanks! The poem turns effortlessly at, "You’ve got to admire/their decisiveness . . ."

Thanks for taking up the challenge! Let's post it front and center . . .

10:10 PM, August 03, 2006  

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