Winter Still…

In winter
all the singing is in
the tops of the trees
where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
shoves and pushes
among the branches.
Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
but he’s restless—
he has an idea,
and slowly it unfolds

from under his beating wings
as long as he stays awake
But his big, round music, after all,
is too breathy to last.

So, it’s over.
In the pine-crown
he makes his nest,
he’s done all he can.

I don’t know the name of this bird,
I only imagine his glittering beak
while the clouds—

which he has summoned
from the north—
which he has taught
to be mild, and silent—

thicken, and begin to fall
into the world below
like stars, or the feathers
of some unimaginable bird

that loves us,
that is asleep now, and silent—
that has turned itself
into snow.
~Mary Oliver
White-Eyes


Eugen’s Photos (Thanks, Eugen!)

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7 thoughts on “Winter Still…

      • Oh, I have many. Elizabeth Bishop is one of my favorites, especially “One Art.” I adore Yeats. As far as living poets go, I am extremely fond of Billy Collins, Mark Strand, Gerald Stern, and Charles Simic. 🙂

      • I’ve just been thumbing through Bishop’s, The Complete Poems… One Art, is gorgeous. As far as Yeats goes, I’m not good with his poems in their entirety, though I am powerfully drawn to single lines here and there. I know that means I take his words completely out of context, but then so much of poetry is subjective.

        Thanks so much for the mention of the other poets. I am not familiar with them. (I’m rather new to poetry)

      • You might be interested in checking out Poets.org where you’ll find a lot of good stuff about this month (National Poetry Month in the US), and while a lot of WordPress poets are attempting the challenge of writing a poem a day, I am trying to produce one video a day of poems that I like. Not trying to advertise, but part of the challenge I’ve given myself is to not repeat the same poet all month, so if you look through you might find some more that you enjoy and will want to read further. As for Yeats you might like some of his shorter pieces, I know I do. “A Drinking Song,” for instance.

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