The Blackbird Stole My Poetry And Other Lame Excuses
I dreamed once in a daydream, not resting under indigo back-lit sky.The scarlet winged blackbird came to visit me. An awakening. Unwelcome.Unannounced. The visit was a robbery of unfinished words, my art.
Every poem left abandoned, in embryonic stages, wet ink pen lying in repose, by the paper’s side, was carried off by my feathered enemy. Fowl dressed in red and black. Colors of his uniform for war. And I, my own worst enemy.
I cannot blame him. For abandoned art remains fair game.
I cannot hold him to account. He saw that I was sleeping, not attending to my work.
But I must thank him, properly. For while he could have released them, into a angry wind. He chose instead to drop them off for me to start again.
The shreds of paper would have served him to line his feathery nest. But instead they floated back to earth in billowing down-currents and landed by my right side.
The blackbird gives a second chance. Waking me from sleep. In gratitude I offered him a seat. We’re here now beak to cheek sitting in soft repose. At my windowsill. He no longer dressed for war, but in tones of of papal royalty. Restorer of the second chance.
I dreamed once in a daydream. I found again lost poetry.