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Dancing Bird - with video link   Dancing Bird

Yesterday, I saw a shadow dart across my keyboard.
When I turned to look outside the window, 
I spied upon a sparrow playing in the sun.
He was dancing in dramatic fashion 
Across the shrubbery that was his home.
I could tell it was a male by his markings.
He was busy with his boasting, and proud.
No longer a fledge, he fluffed his feathers
To parade his prowess to all that might adore him. 
Then, he pivoted into a pirouette, and pranced
Most skillfully across the length of a branch
And launched himself into flight.  

Today, the sounds of birds cackling and chirping
Inside the shrubbery drew me to the window.
I could see three sparrows engaging in some fun and frolic.  
Perhaps it was some flirtatious mating ceremony. 
While most sparrows do look alike,
I’m sure that one of them was the dancing bird
I’d seen the day before.  I watched briefly and smiled,
Remembering my own courtship and rivals
Who would fancy my choice as their own.
I returned to the monitor and before I could begin 
My work, there was a loud thud upon the glass.
I gazed outside and there upon the ground was a small hawk
Clutching the dancer in his talons. 

Tomorrow, this bird will not dance.
He will not sing or court another.
And as sparrows are many,
I will no doubt find another to enjoy from this vantage.
I chide myself for failing to warn him of the danger.
I was too busy with my own enjoyment to notice.
Now, I close my eyes and reconstruct those moments
As I attempt to resurrect the dancing bird,
And preserve him....forever.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 8/9/2018 3:58:00 PM
I hear it as I see it. Well written.
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Date: 6/28/2018 8:46:00 PM
Learning from the "Greats". Great work. Congrats
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Date: 6/25/2018 2:31:00 PM
Hi Ray: This poem will be memorialized as an Ode. Congratulations on your win!
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Date: 6/25/2018 2:30:00 PM
Hi Ray: This poem will be memorialized as Ode Congratulations your win!
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Date: 6/24/2018 9:20:00 AM
Ray: That little bird will live far longer now, memorialized in you words that he ever could have "on the wing". Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with all of us on the soup. oldbuck
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Date: 2/23/2011 12:31:00 PM
Congratulations on your win in Debbie Guzzi's contest "Free Verse Seriously". A well deserved win Ray. Love, Carol
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Date: 2/15/2011 6:17:00 PM
Good entry for Deb's contest. Congratulations on winning.
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Date: 2/14/2011 4:23:00 PM
Congratulations on your grand 2nd Place win, in the contest, Ray! Always, Annalise
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Date: 2/12/2011 2:14:00 PM
Hi Ray - Congratulations on your BIG WIN in Debbie's contest! Best wishes, Kory
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Date: 2/12/2011 8:20:00 AM
Hello Ray....what a wonderful poem this is!! To see an act of nature, and what may be natural, but seem so take this scene and write with such heart, I truly love this poem! Well deserving a big win! Congratulations!
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Date: 2/12/2011 3:08:00 AM
so touched, ray! this beautiful piece grates the reader with deep emotipns!... best cheers for the stunning win! :) huggs, nette
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Date: 2/11/2011 9:24:00 PM
oh, my, of the ones I've seen so far, this is one I find to be the most moving. I truly loved reading the tale of this bird and how you wove it into a poetic message. A big congatuations. Luv, Andrea
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Date: 2/11/2011 5:09:00 PM
This one was great..Very creative and expressive..Enjoyed...Congratulations on your win..Sara
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Date: 2/11/2011 4:38:00 PM
Congrats Ray on your 2nd place win in Debbie's contest with this amazing piece my friend.. enjoy with luv..
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Date: 2/8/2011 3:13:00 PM
Please enter this in my free verse contest! Light & Love
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Date: 4/12/2010 5:26:00 PM
absolutely majestic verse dear new friend but not a spirit guardian. A spirit guardian will come to you during prayer, meditation or during sleep when you ask to be shown the animal which watches over your spirit. I'm marking this verse as a fav of mine! Light & Love..write me another ..try!
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Date: 3/17/2010 5:43:00 PM
Ray congratulations on your poem being featured this week. Agape, Moses
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Date: 3/17/2010 6:45:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Ray. Love, Carol
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Date: 3/14/2010 10:50:00 PM
I enjoyed reading. Congratulations on being featured. God bless. Ernilando
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Date: 3/14/2010 5:57:00 PM
a big congrats Ray on your featured poem this week on the Soup... a wonderful choice to feature from a wonderful poet and my new co writing buddy...luv.. "Sweetheart"
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Date: 2/22/2010 7:39:00 AM
oh my goodnes this was a great write that second stanza was just as beautiful as it was sad. i really liked reading this today!=)Jo
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Date: 2/21/2010 1:35:00 AM
I enjoyed that, thanks
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