Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday Musing: Just-In-Time Poetry

Blackbirds fill the sky at Lake Anna State Park, Virginia

On Wednesday I will be turning 53 years old.

Although I have not spent the better part of my life out-of-doors, this poem arrived in a Writer's Almanac newsletter last week and was just what I needed to hear.


by Julie Cadwallader Staub

I am 52 years old, and have spent

truly the better part

of my life out-of-doors

but yesterday I heard a new sound above my head

a rustling, ruffling quietness in the spring air

and when I turned my face upward

I saw a flock of blackbirds

rounding a curve I didn’t know was there

and the sound was simply all those wings,

all those feathers against air, against gravity

and such a beautiful winning:

the whole flock taking a long, wide turn

as if of one body and one mind.

How do they do that?

Read the ending HERE.


  1. Gorgeous poem, M.! Sometimes it feels like the words move together as they should. Happy almost birthday! xo

  2. "but instead we live and move and have our being/here". Wishing it were all so. I love seeing our blackbirds cawing in the trees, have only seen them in flight once, but not a large group. Thanks, Michelle for this beauty on a Monday morning.

  3. This poem is stunning. Have a wonderful birthday!

  4. I can feel the sweep of those birds in your lines, and how it the poem simultaneously curves back in on itself and becomes more expansive. Thank you!

  5. What a boost this is to read on a Monday evening in February rain.

  6. Happy Birthday! We're nearly the same age...I follow in August. Somehow, I find this nice.

  7. Oh, I love this poem! And I'm exactly 1 week older than you are! Have a wonderful birthday!

  8. Thank you all for the pre-birthday wishes! I'm glad you love the poem as much as I do.

  9. Wow. That's an amazing poem! Happy pre-birthday to you. Nice to know that you are young enough to be my daughter!!! Thanks for the poem.

  10. I am so glad that I went back to read the Blackbird poem, Michelle. Happy pre-birthday greetings to you.I see I missed the post on Buffy's challenge so I will catch up with that.