The Robin Sings Before the Light

The robin sings before the light

he chirps and cheeps

and it is right

and fit

and fine–

he shares his song,

I make it mine


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I woke up to hear the birds singing about 4:30 this morning, even in the rain, and this poem came to me. We’ve just seen the new movie A Quiet Passion about Emily Dickinson, so perhaps I was channeling her pre-dawn writing. πŸ™‚


26 thoughts on “The Robin Sings Before the Light

  1. This was such a beautiful “melodic song,” Merril.
    I heard “my” cardinal singing at 5:00 am and had a hard time trying to stay in bed until the alarm. . .
    I love European robins who look like wrens in their petite size. πŸ™‚

      • It is funny because as a girl I was given a book about “Robin Finds Christmas.” (pardon the religious overtone) since the little robin didn’t look like our robin birds. I thought it was due to being a “young” or “baby” bird.
        Only when a fellow blogger, in the past years, mentioned how different our robins are compared to hers did I look them up. My book was published in England. . .
        As far as how the poem “just came to you” this time it wasn’t from a muse, was it perhaps from a winged messenger, Merril? I like the line of how you took the robin’s song as yours. xo

      • Thank you, Robin. I only knew robins were different because I’ve looked up images. πŸ™‚
        I suppose there are all sorts of muses, so why not a winged messenger with a bird song? πŸ™‚ Speaking of which, something was singing away this morning–must have been about 3 AM! Maybe another poem there. Haha.

  2. What a very special poem. I love the sound, shape and thoughts. In our New Zealand culture, the native black robin has a special place, as it was rescued from extinction in the nick of time.

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