To A Northern Cardinal

It’s almost that time…. April 1st is the first day of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2020.  As a warm up, the first suggestion was to write a poem about any bird.  I thought of an eagle in this time when we all need to soar.  But as I closed my eyes to dream awake some kind of poem, this came to mind:

Downtown Indianapolis -  Painted Cardinals

To A Northern Cardinal
by Michael Doyle

It's easy to remember back to when
Through the window of my den
I would see a Northern Cardinal fly by
Taking a moment and then again to sigh

Knowing him brightly perched on his branch
As he crested calling out for his Blanche
Dressed as he always was in distinctive red
Cheeeer-a-dote-dote-dote playing in my head

Pleasantly making my writing go easier
As the chill air blew through the pines breezier
I watched his loyalty to his mate
His chipping note warning to shelter before too late

From him I learned to stand out in a crowd
To be the bright spot but not too loud
To fill life with joy to the brim
As he dashed his dart, then quickly took his limb

I saw holiness in the flutter of his silken wings
And felt tears of happiness coming as he sings
He was there as my loved ones began to disappear
Visiting in his quiet songs keeping me company there

(c) March 31, 2020  Michael Doyle
All Rights Reserved

88 Mariposa Gardens - Northern Cardinal On This Winter's Day II






About alohapromisesforever

Writer, poet, musician, surfer, father of two princesses.
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