napowrimo 12: Poetry Thursday exercise

In ancient art, birds always seem to carry
a hint of the unworldly;
their fragile bodies just the physical expression
of some god
intruding on our world.

Flight and song; the essence of occult.
We praise them in bowls of water
left as mirrors
for them to bathe in,
and with propitiatory offerings of seed.


At Poetry Thursday this week they invited people to post a line from one of their own poems, and then use a line posted by someone else in their own poem. If that’s clear. Anyway, the line ‘we praise them in bowls of water’ is from a poem by Poet With A Day Job.


  1. 13 April 2007 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful, I think there is something unwordly about birds. But we also love them for their colour and their songs and feed them because without them life would be that bit duller.

  2. 13 April 2007 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Birds I feel, have wisdom that we can’t comprehend at times.

    Nice flow to it…

  3. Harry
    13 April 2007 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi both of you,

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. 14 April 2007 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    lovely piece! glad the line was inspiring to you.

  5. Harry
    14 April 2007 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s a good line :)

  6. 17 April 2007 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Your poem evoked the image of the bird’s reflection very nicely. Mine was not as imaginative, however, I did use your line in my poetry line mosaic. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. Harry
    18 April 2007 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Cool! Glad you found some use for it :)

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