Sunday, April 12, 2015

1635

great-tailed grackle from google dot com

good morning
to the grackle on the wall -
daintyly skipping
[20150412]

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perched on a rock
the song of a grackle
swift in passing
[20150222]

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a grackle hops in
smell of freshly cut grass
one them another
[20150126]

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new years day... a grackle stops
among the ixoras... briefly
[20140101]

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skip of grackles
across a church lawn...
sun bright day
[20140403]

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our pockets filled
of every necessity...
gaze of two grackles
[20140908]

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follow the curve of the road...
dark beaks of grackles peck
a frangipani strewn lawn
[20141228]

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trickling water...
light footed a grackle
alights on a rock
[20130529]

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ocean breezes -
in the beak of a blackbird
some kind of berry
[20121114]

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one black bird singing
to the light of morning -
i too am alone-
[20120121]

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a grackle
flown from the lines
limes with pigeons
on the street
[20120119]

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sunlight -
morning espied
through the eye
of a grackle
[20120417]



in the stillness
a few grackles fly in
ruffling the palms
[20100320]

© gillena cox



Revisit
zip haiku
our pockets
Sunday Lime 1



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AND NOW ---Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by WALLACE STEVENS
I
Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.


II
I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.


III
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.


IV
A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.


V
I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.


VI
Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.


VII
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?


VIII
I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.


IX
When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.




I have been participating in the Month of April poems at 'imaginary garden' from my blog 'verses'. Today, DAY TWELVE, i'm posting from Lunch Break

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CHALLENGE: to write a new poem or prose poem inspired by a line, title, verse or style of Wallace Stevens.
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62 Comments:

Anonymous Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the grackle poems...I think the last one especially...have a glorious day!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Donna

much love...

10:57 AM  
Blogger Björn Rudberg said...

Beautiful images.. I had not heard of grackle before but there are some wonderful tropical imagery you bring today.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thank you Bjorn

Much love...

11:50 AM  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

I enjoyed all of these glimpses of a grackle.......and the photo. I had never seen a grackle before. Cool bird.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Kerry O'Connor said...

I see the grackle has long been your companion. I love this unique experience of being able to read your whole collection.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This was a wonderful poem..!! Enjoyed it thoroughly :D
Cool tropical images and rich language.. loved the picture too :)
Hope you are enjoying Sunday :D
xoxo

12:26 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

glad you dropped in Sherry

much love...

12:32 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

thanks for your appreciation Kerry

much love...

12:33 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Sanaa

much love...

12:33 PM  
Blogger Truedessa said...

You have captured the many adventures of this grackle with imagery. Now, I need to see one..

12:45 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

How lovely to see the grackle on the rocks, grass & lawn ~

Thanks for linking up with Real Toads Gillena and wishing you Happy Sunday ~

1:10 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

happy i sparked your interest Truedessa

much love...

2:13 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

thanks for stopping by Grace

much love...

2:14 PM  
OpenID ccchampagne said...

A quaint little bird... Enjoyed following it through your poems.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I've enjoyed all of the different ways of looking at a grackle! A cool progression.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Wolfsrosebud said...

interesting... always nice to connect with nature

3:56 PM  
Blogger Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

A lovely collection --I too have not heard of a grackle before

4:30 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

This is really good!

4:49 PM  
Blogger James Toma said...

Hi Gillena, lovely poem you have here. it is a mixture of sunny ol' Church Sundays with the day as lazy as can be after brunch and of course the creepy raven of Edgar Allen Poe. I enjoyed it yes I did...very skillful crafting. Me loved it, thanks!!!

5:12 PM  
Blogger Ravenblack said...

Wonderful series of haiku. Love the imagery in each gem -- Lawns, flowers, rocks and the grackle's movements among these. :)

6:03 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

thanks for dropping in CC

much love...

6:11 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Mary

much love...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Rose

much love...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

then im glad you dropped by Audrey

much love...

6:13 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Zen

much love...

6:13 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thank you for your appreciation James

much love...

6:14 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for your appreciation Raven

much love...

6:14 PM  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I encountered grackles when I visited Austin, Texas in 2006. The locals regarded them as pests, for their noise, numbers and scavenging ways, but I perceived them as beautiful birds.

I love the fact that you have written your poem in haiku — and such beautiful haiku! (Not forgetting the occasional haiga.)

6:19 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

thank you for your appreciation Rosemary

much love...

6:28 PM  
Blogger Diane Mayr said...

Wow, what a great collection of bird poems! I see a number of your readers are not familiar with grackles. They are very common here in NH.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Debi Swim said...

I hope your grackles sing our make an awful racket. However your verses are wonderful descriptions and a treat to read.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Diane

Much love..

8:12 PM  
Blogger kaykuala said...

Great grackle poems Gillena. Birds are fascinating especially found in many different places as written!

Hank

8:15 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

They don't sing as the kiskadee or blue birds. I have to agree. Its quite a racket. The or song. I do find them quite slick and attractive though

Thanks for dropping in Debi

Much love...

8:15 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for your appreciation Hank

Much love...

8:16 PM  
Blogger C.C. said...

Thank you for the introduction to the grackle...I wasn't familiar with them before...at least not that I can recall! I mentioned frangipani in my poem today too :-)

8:29 PM  
Blogger Old Egg said...

What an entertaining post with the Grackles and others to thrill us.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Thank you for your poetic introduction to this bird! I had never heard about it either.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

Love these haiku set Gillena...what a wonderful way to look at the grackle...

11:42 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

You worked hard on this post, Gillena. At first I thought it was only going to be one (the 1st) haiku. But you had LOTs and all from your earlier 'grackle' posts.
The Wallace Stevens modification worked good too, very well.
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11:47 PM  
Blogger Susie Clevenger said...

Wow! You took the challenge and flew with the grackles. Amazing work!

12:53 AM  
Blogger grapeling said...

those haiku / senryu are so well done ~

1:58 AM  
Blogger Out of Sight L said...

oh oh Black Bird I love your sound, and Gillena's Gillena's she sings along x

8:04 AM  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

I've not heard of a grackle before - and yet here i can hear it sing!

8:41 AM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

glad you dropped in CC

much love...

10:05 AM  
Blogger G L Meisner said...

Grackles are everywhere even our notebooks.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

"one black bird singing
to the light of morning -
i too am alone-"

This one made me a tad sad...

11:58 AM  
Blogger Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Gillena,

I love birds, particularly my garden blackbirds. Their songs and antics are endearing, every day...I got to know about grackles in Austin, Texas and more recently in California. Love their cheeky rattle and nosey natures!

Happy New Week,
Eileen

12:07 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped in Robin

Much love...

4:47 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Glad you stopped by Gabriella

Much love...

4:48 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for dropping in Sumana

Much love...

4:49 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Sure did. Thanks for your appreciation Jim

Much love...

4:50 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Susie

Much love..

4:50 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks Jae

Much love...

4:51 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for dropping Magaly

Much love...

4:52 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Sure thing G L

Much love.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Happy you dropped by Eileen

Much love...

4:53 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks for dropping in Lorraine

Much love...

4:54 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Thanks grapeling

Much love...

4:55 PM  
Blogger totomai said...

Each haiku is a like a song from a grackle. Enjoyed every single of it Gillena.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

happy you dropped in Totomai

much love...

4:51 PM  

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