Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DMC: "Bird Notes" by Rosi Hollinbeck


Black birds settle on telephone wires
        like notes on a musical stave.
They shift and flutter and what transpires
   is a magical bird conclave.
My fingers dance on ivory keys
        playing music bird by bird.
As they stir, I play new melodies
   as sweet as I’ve ever heard.

© 2016 Rosi Hollinbeck. All rights reserved.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has challenged us to write poems about small things— animals or objects you see everyday and don't give much thought. Click HERE for more details.

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  1. Love it, Rosi! Two of my favorite things, music and birds, in one sweet poem. I'm surprised you weren't aware of the video— it makes such a perfect pairing, doesn't it?

  2. This is a very sweet little poem and I enjoyed it fully. Ted Kooser has also talks about birds on telephone lines in his poem "So This is Nebraska" in case you want to check it out. Having grown up in Nebraska, it's one of my favorites.

  3. Thanks, Michelle, for featuring my poem! I had never seen the video but it makes perfect sense to me. Thanks, Karen, for telling me about So This is Nebraska. I have never read it but will enjoy finding it.

  4. Lovely poem, Rosi. I can see those little black birds!


  5. Charming! Especially the first four lines. I love the word choices.

  6. I so often study birds on wires when riding in the car. This poem takes my mind to new places. Thanks for sharing Rosi! And thanks to you Michelle - the video is a perfect match.

  7. Rosi, I missed this yesterday, but do love the thought of blackbirds playing their own music, that "magical bird conclave". The rhythm is great, too. I can tap it out with my foot as I read!

  8. Great! I've often thought of birds on the wire as notes on a staff. You captured the idea beautifully!