Mockingbird III

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Mockingbird III

Songs, returned
to their space

within the sphere of
movement, the patterns inscribed
as if to touch the face of every

wind: here one moment, then
gone. This quickness delights us.
How, then, do we so often forget

those things we share? Night
comes and goes to another’s
phrase, yet each note is so precisely

placed, so carefully rendered
that we hear only the voice, not its source.

* * *

Another piece from the 80s. This first appeared here in March 2015, and would likely be a much longer poem if I were to write it today.

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26 thoughts on “Mockingbird III

    • My aesthetic is better suited to brevity, but I can’t say that I concern myself much about distracted readers. If they’re not willing to work a little bit, they’re probably not reading the poetry I like to read and hope to write. 🙂

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    • Ha! I recently rewrote a poem, turned it into a ghazal. Kept the same title, until I realized that it no longer worked with the poem. And the poem changed so much that it no longer resembled the original – none of the phrases remained intact. No telling what might happen here.

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  1. When I was a kid, we had a mockingbird in our backyard that had taken to imitating my brother, who was 2 years old at the time. Whenever someone told my brother, “No,” his plaintive rejoinder was a melodic, “But I have to…” The mockingbird, apparently, found it compelling. It got to the point to where we couldn’t tell if it was the bird or my brother who initiated the protests, due to such meticulous rendering on the part of both creatures of habit!

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  2. I LOVE IT JUST AS IT IS. THIS OLD HAIKU WRITER BOWS AND REMINDS YOU

    THAT LONGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER, NOR IS LONGER ALWAYS WORSE.

    POETIC QUANDARY!

    NAMASTE,

    OBI-RON-KENOBI

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