Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The first voice

the first voice 
I hear this morning ... 
a cardinal 
calling, calling, as if life 
depended on it

cattails, May 2014

8 comments:

  1. I love this one! It reminds me of WC Williams' red wheelbarrow--so much does depend on the little things that usually go unnoticed.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I always enjoy your comments!
      "Reality" depends on everyone's (including this cardinal's) unique perception. My happiness for a given moment also depends upon the cardinal's beautiful song.

      You know what? Eek, I now wonder why I wrote "depended" instead of "depends" (e.g., "depends upon it").

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  2. Oh this is so perfect. Indeed, so much of life is all about perspective. Very Zen.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy!

      Wish my life could be more Zen-like. ;)
      (So, my tense thing doesn't bother you?)

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    2. I don't have an issue with it and I think that's because of the . . . which, to me, implies a pause, or perhaps a brief passage of time has elapsed (hence a different tense). Though, I tend too see these things in the light of the most ambiguous (and forgiving) of literary devices: the poetic license - which makes everything perfect. Smiles

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    3. thanks again, wendy. this one pretty much flew out of me (on cardinal wings?!) as is. your explanation: that's sort of how I've been justifying it too. :-o

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  3. I wish we had cardinals around here. This is lovely and I like "depended" as is. I love Wendy's answer on that--me too.

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    1. I enjoy cardinals too. The birds I see most often here are huge crows, but I'm happy I can see and hear cardinals at least from time to time. Thanks!

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