Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Ugly Bird

In the night garden,
there are two gates, side by side.
There are twin paths,
doubling back on themselves.
There is one sky,
in shades of indigo.

In the night garden,
there are two trees, leaning each into each.
There are hours,
and minutes within the hours.
There is an ugly bird with a beautiful song.
There are two vines entwined.
There are the distant, lonely stars.




15 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

quiet and sad.

hedgewitch said...

Tears in my eyes, Shay. Nothing that sings this beautifully could ever be ugly. The pain is that no matter how alone we are, we see how everything could be, is meant to be, different...and the asking why never ends, An eloquent little dose of heartbreak that only a song can understand.

Cloudia said...

Sometimes Life Be's that way.

The lonely rack upon which our moral and sexual bodies are rent... choices. . .




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Sherry Blue Sky said...

I'm with Hedge - nothing that sings a beautiful song can be anything but beautiful. This is so sad. And so lovely. The night garden with its lonely stars.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is beautiful.

Poet Laundry said...

What's that saying...ugly is as ugly does? There are other ways of measuring beauty than by outward appearance for sure. A beautifully written poem of melancholy.

Mama Zen said...

Incredibly beautiful.

Kathryn said...

I don't think a bird can ever be ugly . . . so beautiful.

Sara said...

Okay, I got something different in this poem. I was fascinated with your phrases, like "two gates side by side," "twin paths doubling back on themselves, and "two trees, leaning each into each. To me, this wasn't sad, it was closeness, even in a night garden

Even the "ugly bird with a beautiful song" makes me feel a sense of balance -- God's way of keeping balance. Well, that's my feeling, anyway.

I thought it was a very hopeful poem and liked it very much:~)

HermanTurnip said...

Yin and Yang? Death is easy, living is hard? Loved the imagery, and my heart goes out to the ugly bird with the beautiful song!

Sioux said...

Sad but gorgeous...

grapeling said...

you breathe life into this atmosphere, however dark. gorgeous ~

Mr Puddy said...

Ugly Bird ?
Handsome cat like me don't do ugly bird ;)

Thanks for your good wish
xoxo

Grandmother (Mary) said...

I saw in this pairing of things and the distant lonely stars as melancholy but the ugly bird having a beautiful song as a sense of the balance or rightness of things with the twinges of sadness.

Carrie Van Horn said...

This has a sadness, but a beautiful one....