Destiny of a Bird

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She flings her body skyward
as every winter before, her heart afire,
 she follows a pre set- migratory course,
 divinely guided, from half a world away.

Coming or going her destination
 always becomes home, 
 to nest again -raise another brood
knowing that generations drive her grand obsession-
the self- exile she endures  heavy on her breast

She sees around her unfamiliar landscape
 longs for lush valleys and trees of evergreen
With each day  her inner call grows stronger, 
fills her with an urgent sense to  flight
 to take to the endless skies- one tiny bird, uncertain, of her flock,
 alone in the vast and blue unfriendly sky

Her wings falter, she feels that death is near,
a last flight comes for every bird.
It seems, what divine force
 held her course before - is gone
she tries but her flight turns aimless
Below, the landscape is a map- less blur
 that baffles her tiny brain

From the dark valleys below a black fog rises
Hostile winds impede her faltering flight
until the ground without  warning or  ill-will
calls the tiny form again to earth.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 9/9/2016 9:12:00 AM
Suzanne, congrats on your placement! :)-luloo
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Date: 9/8/2016 7:07:00 PM
This was nicely written and held my interest all the way through. I really like the closing lines, there is something comforting about Earth calling home her children, despite being a generally sad affair. I enjoyed your perspective in this write. Congrats on your win. -G
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Date: 9/8/2016 12:35:00 PM
Suz, Congratulations on your win in SKAT'S "Premiere Contest number 9" It was my pleasure judging this one for my sister. Stop by and enjoy your win on Skat's Blog "BLACKBIRDS." with lots of love LINDA (For: SKAT)
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Date: 8/16/2014 3:46:00 PM
Wow Suz, I love your take on this most genius poem that I read first before reading yours. Both were very moving and spoke to that spirit of love I have for nature and its inhabitants. Truly a beautiful poem you have written. I can easily see why you were inspired to write it.
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Date: 8/14/2014 5:52:00 AM
ah u mean the death of a migratory bird while migrating right, eh awesome and sweetly sad, all death is sad since every new life seems daunting. I admire how u termed it self-exile. Awesome as a freeverse, yor whole poem. Nice to read u again once more.
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Date: 8/10/2014 4:54:00 PM
Suzanne - I have not read the original poem but I will as soon as I finish here AND my guess is that this equals or maybe surpasses it! Great inspiration can inspire and breed even GREATER inspiration. I've always been fascinated with this subject; not only concerning birds, but Monarch butterflies, Salmon, etc....How?? Scientists have their theories but in all boils down to your line: "divinely guided half a world away"...Thank you for this my friend - Tim
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Tim Ryerson
Date: 8/10/2014 5:06:00 PM
PS: "The small worry of her death" is indeed small, but in my opinion, it is no less small than the death of ANY human being no matter who that might be...These creatures were created by God just as we were and have the same right to share this planet with us, maybe even more. At least they got it right and most of us DON'T. I will stop rambling now...
Date: 8/9/2014 9:37:00 PM
oh my, this is great writing. I especially love the last part, how you paint so beautifully this sad death of the brave little bird. It reminds me also of a small poem I read one time about the unfeeling nature of "nature"
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Date: 7/1/2014 3:39:00 PM
I see that by missing all of your poems for the past few years, I have missed some very satisfying reading! Today I corrected that a bit, and intend to look at more before you disappear from my consciousness! I do intend to be back for more. :-) -Dean
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Date: 6/12/2014 7:36:00 AM
Beautiful, intriguing, and sad. I have felt like that tiny bird sometimes, facing the unfamiliar, being uncertain.
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Date: 6/8/2014 1:59:00 PM
Very nicely done...beautiful yet sad...
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Date: 6/7/2014 12:44:00 PM
Beautifully done, Jayne x
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 6/7/2014 1:08:00 PM
Thanks Jane This was a fun exercise to try.