My brain could be back on schedule. I woke up knowing it was Friday and that I hadn't posted anything for Poetry Friday.
I've been reading lots of poetry for a while now. You know, poetry is a funny thing. I wrote "funny think" first and corrected it, but I think I am right. It's a "funny think". It isn't really a story, though it can be. It's just a funny think; something that occurs to you - and mostly all in one sitting. Oh, yes, you may edit and revise, but by and large the whole "think" comes in one sitting - in one huge think.
I am not a big fan of poems that make you think too hard on the receiving end though. You know, where a tree frog is symbolic for how someone's life is going, but they don't say it, so I'm left wondering if they truly feel that way about frogs, or maybe I should be feeling that way, or maybe it's really a statement about pond life in general... I guess I'm pretty superficial when it comes to art.
However I do like some word play and snippets of rhyme and a good rhythm. And I like a good ending. It doesn't have to be a happy ending.
Not all of these things are easy to accomplish in a poem, thus the final revisions and editings. But the "funny think" came first. And by "funny", I don't mean it has to BE funny...it just is an unusual, unique or "just struck you", interesting way of thinking about something.
This is one of my "funny thinks". I wasn't sure I would ever write about it, but there he was again in my line of sight when I took the dog out this morning. And the "funny think" happened. This is not like the tree frog idea. It really is just about a bird.
I heard a thud on my window,
I knew it was a bird;
Now his body's in my rosebush,
I wish I hadn't heard.
One moment he was soaring free
So sad to see him dead
Windows showing him sky and tree -
Merely mirrored instead.
And now a poor little sparrow
Left in my rosebush thorns
Will not be flying home again.
Where is his mate that mourns?
I have a picture...but out of respect for his relatives, I will not be posting it.
Go read more "funny thinks" for Poetry Friday with Keri at Keri Recommends today!