How They Became Birds

Daydri
Posted September 9, 2020 from South Africa

it would be some time

before they could really walk again

their steps grew smaller

their legs sluggish, waterlogged

it was easier to fold them up,

tuck them away under their bodies

it was better for nesting anyway

for it was needed

to tend to their nests

to shield what was fragile

sometimes they wondered at

how light their lives had become

for a while they could only see things far away

for a while the sky was all they had of freedom

and they had no choice but to trust the wind

they realized that singing

carried further than talking

it was only a matter of time

before more than their voices took flight

but by then they had learned fiercely

to let go

 

(*note: I wrote this poem under lockdown, during the earlier days of the pandemic.)

 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Jill Langhus
Sep 09
Sep 09

Hello Daydri,

Welcome back! How have you been? I had to learn to let go, too:-) Thanks for sharing your lovely poem, dear.

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

XX

Daydri
Sep 09
Sep 09

thank you!

Jill Langhus
Sep 11
Sep 11

You're welcome.

Nini Mappo
Sep 09
Sep 09

Hello Daydri,
I love how your poem progresses from feeling inhibited to feeling free, even free enough to embrace loss, and let go. It makes one feel as if she's going somewhere. I enjoyed reading it, and hopefully getting it ;)

Daydri
Sep 09
Sep 09

thank you for your thoughtful comment :)

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 09
Sep 09

Hello Daydri,
It is good to see you back. Welcome. I hope all is well with you and your family.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful reflective poem. Sometimes we just need to learn how to let go, learn to fly again and get our wings flapping.
Keep safe and well.

Daydri
Sep 09
Sep 09

thank you for your comment :) i hope you and yours are well too.

Hello, Daydri,

Welcome back to World Pulse! How are you doing? This is so deep. What was the inspiration behind this poetry? I love this most,
"they realized that singing
carried further than talking
it was only a matter of time
before more than their voices took flight"

Thank you for sharing this with us. It was a lovely read!

Daydri
Sep 09
Sep 09

hi! thank you for your comment :)
as i mention in the footnote, i wrote this poem in response to the pandemic. being confined for months in our 8th floor apartment, i spent a lot of time looking at the sky and the birds flying across it - it gave me solace and in a way, inspired the idea behind this poem.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 13
Sep 13

Hi Daydri,
I love the way you described your time in your nest and your beautiful turns of phrase toward that ending
"by then they had learned fiercely
to let go".
Wow.

Daydri
Sep 15
Sep 15

thank you!
i hoped to say something meaningful in the face of the pandemic.