Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Colors and The Music Are Returning

~ Mary Oliver

It was spring
and finally I heard him
among the first leaves -
then I saw him clutching the limb in an island of shade
with his red-brown feather
sall trim and neat for the new year.
First, I stood still and thought of nothing.
Then I began to listen.
Then I was filled with gladness -
and that’s when it happened, when I seemed to float, to be,
myself, a wing or a tree -
and I began to understand
what the bird was saying, and the sands in the glass
stoppedfor a pure white moment
while gravity sprinkled upward like rain, rising, and in fact
it became difficult to tell just what it was that was singing -
it was the thrush for sure, but it seemed not a single thrush,
but himself,
and all his brothers, and also the trees around them,
as well as the gliding, long-tailed clouds
in the perfectly blue sky -
all, all of them were singing.
And, of course, yes, so it seemed, so was I.
Such soft and solemn and perfect music doesn’t last
for more than a few moments.
It’s one of those magical places wise people
like to talk about.
One of the things they say about it, that is true,
is that, once you’ve been there, you’re there forever.
Listen, everyone has a chance.
Is it spring, is it morning? Are there trees near you,
and does your own soul need comforting?
Quick, then - open the door and fly on your heavy feet; the song
may already be drifting away.


Lisa :-] said...

I take it you've finally had some spring-ish weather out there in the east...

Lovely poem. It made me soar...

Carol said...

Beautiful poem. Glad that spring has finally graced your corner of the world.