Winter-Sweet

Winter-Sweet

A Poem by Robert Ray
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A piece I wrote about a single mother's now "empty nest."

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Whistle, my buffy brown bird, something winter-sweet,

Maybe “whit-chew whit-chew” or “cheer cheer cheer?”

From behind your black mask, your superior tweet.

“Purty purty purty,” I want to hear all seasons, all year.

 

Where’s your brilliant scarlet red boy with the great raised crest,

Sire, provider and protector of your clutch, now departed?

Does he chase away the invaders, forage or take another’s nest?

And your beloved scarlet nestling; did he leave you brokenhearted?

 

I see your black mask, tucked low in the twisted twig bowl,

Your small round wings, low and tight, no hatchlings to safeguard.

I wonder, does your music come from nature or your soul?

Do the memories heal your heart or leave you forever scarred?

 

Please, fly out my humble feathered mother, perch high in your dogwood.

Whistle your sweet music, give us a grand show, something that inspires,

A return to spring, when you danced in your nest, tending your brood,

Beneath, our first rose of the season, crimson, rising from the thorny briars.

 

I need you, my sweet cardinal, to paint my winter garden, brighten my days.

Fly if you must, find your spirit and your voice, your special song-ending purr.

Spring brings a new nest, fresh music, and if not a new brood, wild bouquets,

Crimson and lavender rose sprays, lying beneath you---and a desired whisper,

“The winter sun always yields to a spring dawn!” and so to God I still pray.  


© 2018 Robert Ray



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One of my favorites of yours that I've read so far! I love this message, both for the playful presentation of nature's feathery friends, as well as your word play. First stanza: awesome use of onomatopoeia for sounds! Love the personification of birds, presented as dialogue, with a ton of sparkling imagery thru-out! Bravo! Oh yea, the title is brilliant play on the sound of "wintergreen" (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

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Thank you, Margie, for your kind review. This is one of my favorites, and the only poem I've spent .. read more



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One of my favorites of yours that I've read so far! I love this message, both for the playful presentation of nature's feathery friends, as well as your word play. First stanza: awesome use of onomatopoeia for sounds! Love the personification of birds, presented as dialogue, with a ton of sparkling imagery thru-out! Bravo! Oh yea, the title is brilliant play on the sound of "wintergreen" (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Margie, for your kind review. This is one of my favorites, and the only poem I've spent .. read more
I love this that this poem is about winter and birds and nature just normal every day things written so beautifully this is my favourite of yours

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you for reading and sharing your kind words. Always appreciated.
Cardinals have more songs than mockingbirds. The only reason they don't get more attention from the music critics is the way they dress. You don't expect much from a pimp. As far as bird music goes I like the brown thrasher, dresses like a drunk hobo but sings like an AME choir. Gets really high, tippy top of the tree to unload all those notes, big change from their day jobs, wallowing around in dead leaves under low bushes. You just can't tell can you? The strangest birds and the strangest people have the strangest gifts.

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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

This is why I enjoy reviews so much. I often read thoughts I'd never considered. All true and so in.. read more
A gorgeous portrayal that is certainly metaphorically apt.
Admire the uplifting ending; reaffirming hope blesses readers.
High quality work, Robert.


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Robert Ray

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Jimmy. I appreciate your time and kind review.
cardinals always sound like they are calling something...maybe us, who knows...

they have the music in their souls....how many of us do? I know music has always been a big part of me...it's my Nature.
and i tend to thrive in winter..i like the cold...maybe i am a cardinal...don't know but do know i can certainly relate to this piece, a lot.
j.

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thanks again, J! Very much appreciated. It's good to hear this poem speaks to you.
Sincerely amazing to read.Wonderfully written and well structured.well done

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, KC! I appreciate your kind words.
Your words ring true. Our children's godmother has gone through this struggle and I can envision her in your words. Your use of "The winter sun always yields to a spring dawn!" speaks to me of hope and a new beginning. Very well put.

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you. I always try to end with hope or something to inspire. Thanks for the time and your tho.. read more
I suppose any empty nest is bad enough.
But you're right. As a single mum who has made it her life to bring up kids. The void of leaving must be massive. Single mothers don't get enough respect out there for the job they do.

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Paul, for reading and sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated!
very spiritual the power of the birds you portray and your desire for the cardinal to brighten up your gray drab and much more day yet u set them free to fly with their flowing spirit great well done super thoughtful written with a professional skill

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Robert Ray

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Marilyn. I appreciate you taking time to read and share your thoughts.

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