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Melancholy

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I stand beside these tangled roots
of this ever changing clock-wood tree. 
Where streams of ink, like dander fluff,
cling to my pen in congealed thought.
I will tread cautiously 'cross this matted sheath,
with the unsure step of weary feet.
Confusion, an utterance of un-trained words,
delivered from the beaks of travelled birds.
‘We strive to live, though live to die!’,
the loud and boisterous blue jay's cry.
Kind hearted sparrow, bright chickadee,
Their soulful song, of clemency.

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  1. Date: 4/2/2014 6:10:00 AM
    Oh goodness! this is fantastic.. I had no idea you have such a lovely piece on Melancholy also.. This is wow! Beautiful lines created from matured words... Thanks a lot for the share Michelle Mac cheers!

  1. Date: 9/15/2013 3:27:00 PM
    I was going through my list of favorite poets. I hadn't read any of your poems for a while. I saw the title of this poem and had to read it. What a wonderful poem.

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 4:44:00 PM
    So nice to hear from you Mikki, I do drop by to check what you are doing but you're out of sight my dear. Love your "song of clemency", ha a little sadness in it. Love, Lizzie

  1. Date: 4/1/2013 5:11:00 AM
    Hi Michelle, Those in tune find much wisdom studying birds and their habits. You write about them as though you feel this too. As always it's a pleasure to visit and say hi; Love, Lizzie

  1. Date: 10/7/2012 12:30:00 PM
    Considering that I adore birds this poem just gets my imagination flying Mikki - I recently watched a bluejay hop & sqwuak for awhile, they sure are shrill, but also beautiful - they say bluejays are notorious for breaking the eggs of other birds - this write elicits thoughts of instinct, but also developing resilient discipline, and balancing the two - the mortality element is captivating too - the 8th line is brilliant - with respect - J.A.B. %

  1. Date: 8/28/2012 10:16:00 PM
    This word for the title was just so attractive I just had to click it! I'm very glad I did. This was so elegant, touching, beautiful and awesome. Thanks for sharing. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 7/26/2012 8:02:00 PM
    "Hail to thee, Blythe Spirit. Bird thou never wert". - Shelly - another poet who like Rumi and yourself was moved by birdsong. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 4:44:00 PM
    As Joe says a great soul touching deep piece you have produced ...does it come to you word on word...on sleepless night ...from yappy bird ....till the puter gets it right...