Backyard Birds and the Poets Who Loved Them

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Nothing seems more natural and proper as a subject of poetic meditation than butterflies.   And since I already published that book, birds seemed the next best thing.  As a focal point for various art forms, including water colored paintings, cross-stitched linens, antiqued brooches, and porcelain china settings, birds have been deemed regal and royal throughout the ages.

Celebrated for a variety of reasons, including goodness, joy, wisdom, and intelligence, the bird is often recognized as a symbol of the human soul journeying toward freedom. For many, birds in flight symbolize the light of the spirit, as well as hope, beauty, and transcendence. For me personally, birds are a sweet reminder of how well cared for I am by my heavenly Father, for as the birds of the air are fed and well taken care of by Him, I am much more provided for.

Why are birds so interesting? Birds help keep natural systems in balance as agents of dispersal, biological controls, and bio-indicators. More importantly, birds feed our spirit and move us to appreciate art and poetry. They serve as mediators between heaven and earth, encouraging us onward and upward.  Finally, as Maya Angelou so eloquently reminds me, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Celebrate National Poetry Month each April by collecting poetry about Birds. Also, make it a practice to participate in Poem in Your Pocket Day; it’s on April 21 this year.

Wait. What?

Yep, National Poem in Your Pocket Day is this month.  On this day, people celebrate by selecting a favorite poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, business offices, etc.  Why not tuck one into a child’s pocket?  Or  insert a typed up poem in a greeting card for sending to all your friends to carry in their pockets. Or just pull one out of your own pocket and read it quietly to yourself when you need a break from the daily grind.

Originally initiated in 2002 by the Office of the Mayor, and in partnership with the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, Poem in Your Pocket Day encourages individuals across the country to join in and channel their inner poet.

And, if you’re wanting a good poem for this particular activity but struggling to write one of your own, feel free to use the one below. It’s one of my personal favorites!  Download the PFD here and you can print 2 copies per page – one for you and one to share.

Poem In Your Pocket Download

Masquerading Chicadee Poem



One thought on “Backyard Birds and the Poets Who Loved Them

  1. Hey, sutble must be your middle name. Great post!

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