• POETRY CORNER

      – 04/05/17

      Hosted by Kathabela Wilson

      Today we begin another important special series on the environment, threatened and precious to our lives. In today’s corner we listen to the birds, whose voices can inspire delight and also a watchful trepidation. We treasure and pay attention to some especially vulnerable, feathered beings around us we never want to lose.

      ~ Kathabela

      Stellers Jay stained glass art by my dad, Don C. Sudbury, 1920-2013 (Photo - Jean Sudbury).

      Stellers Jay stained glass art by my dad, Don C. Sudbury, 1920-2013 (Photo – Jean Sudbury).

      David Rice

      Not Geologic Time

      that finch
      tumbling its voice
      down the new-leafed birch
      so many mistranslations
      of its song

      I cracked the code
      it’s singing hubris
      easy to ignore
      a little red bird
      that doesn’t speak polemic

      watching the feeder
      not as vulnerable
      as the winged ones
      I keep reminding myself
      this isn’t just geologic time

      David Rice of Berkeley, CA, says: “All praise to those who wear feathers.” As a dedicated birder, David listens closely to what he hears. He says he wrote three tanka on my morning walk about today’s topic, “Winged Warnings.” His subtle insights into life can inspire us all! David Rice is editor of the Tanka Society of America’s journal, Ribbons, and works as a psychologist.

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      Tufted titmouse (Photo - Robin White).

      Tufted titmouse (Photo – Robin White).

      Randall Herman​

      the condor
      glides among mountains
      to avoid
      discomfort we humans
      raise obstacles to creation

      Randall Herman sees the condor “as a symbol of how we humans can impact the environment. The negative impact results in endangered and extinct species. On the other hand, the recovery of species like the condor, grey wolf, and cutthroat trout show what happen when we strive to care for creation. I’m aware of large birds especially since I live in rural northeast Nebraska and often see eagles, falcons, and ospreys.”

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      Winged warning (Photo - Pat Geyer).

      Winged warning (Photo – Pat Geyer).

      Pat Geyer

      sometimes
      these short
      noises…
      trills of mercury
      contamination

      Pat Geyer says: “I’m a bird watcher and this is a subject close to my heart. I’m especially alarmed with all that’s going on today. with changes to the EPA. Scientists have long known that mercury is a potent toxin. It disrupts the architecture of human brains, and it can change birds’ behavior and kill their chicks. And, after extensive research in rural Virginia, scientists have shown that mercury also alters the very thing that many backyard birds are known for…their songs.”​

      piping plover
      trills a song of love…
      wading through
      dark water finds no mates
      only beach balls and a frisbee

      Pat Greyer says: “The piping plover remains one of New Jersey’s most endangered species. The threats that it faces, including increased beach recreation and predation, continue to act as serious impediments to the recovery of this species. Without intense protection and management, it is unlikely that the piping plover would survive in New Jersey.”​

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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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      Comments

      1. Mary Kendall says:

        As a bird lover, these poems really touched my heart. Our fragile environment and current politics make me very anxious about the future of so many winged friends. Both poems and pictures are wonderful.

      2. Barbara Kaufmann says:

        Beautiful artwork, photo and poetry on an important topic, dear to my heart! Thank you all for sharing!

      3. susandiri says:

        Thank you, Poets-All & Photographers, winged companions have alerted us throughout our history . . . waiting for us to listen!

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