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* In honor and memory of my hero, Walt Whitman *
One day as a boy, I went down to the sea,
Clambered o'er rocks way out to the bluff,
Stopping to search the tide pool for shells,
Senses awakened by strong, briny smells.
Warming, the zephyr was gentle enough -
Yawning in promise, the sun winked at me.
Descending a crag and reaching the shore,
I found my prized seat there, on an old log.
Wriggling my toes to delve, deep the sand,
Pledging the treasure of shells in my hand,
That sunlight and wind would scatter the fog,
And thawing, I took off the sweatshirt I wore.
'Twas then that I spotted a bird, scarlet red -
A Cardinal, and male, with exquisite feather,
Perched on a snow fence rimming the dunes,
Greeting the day with the saddest of tunes.
Below in the grasses, ringed by the heather,
Lay one female Cardinal, silenced and dead.
I stayed there all day, observing that sight -
The male with the canticle, pleading his mate,
A sorrow and agony poured from that bird,
As mournful a song as these ears ever heard.
I stayed there 'til dusk, the sun bowing late,
And still, he continued, deep into the night.
I went back each morn to hear that bird sing,
Thus crooning all day for his dear love to rise,
The rest of the summer and even years hence,
With endless devotion, he trilled on that fence.
And tho' one sad spring he departed the skies,
I watched evermore for red birds on the wing.
I'm old now and weary, but here's an odd thing:
When winter relents and the warm mistrals bring
A breeze with bouquets of hopes for the spring,
As I'm biding the black arms of slumber to cling ...
Though it's often dismissed,
I so swear, through the mist,
Midst the eve, heaven-kissed,
That I still ... hear ... him ...
~ Honorable Mention ~ in the "Your Choice (10) Personification, Any Form, Any Theme" Poetry Contest, Brian Strand, Judge & Sponsor.
~ 1st Place ~ in the "Specificity In Poetry" Poetry Contest, Sheri Fresonke Harper, Judge & Sponsor.
~ 1st Place ~ in the "Best Rhyming Poem September thru October 2017" Poetry Contest, John Hamilton, Judge & Sponsor.
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Copyright © Gregory R Barden | Year Posted 2017