Poem ‘Raptor’

Raptor

Over church, a windmill,
warmer hued in a meagre sun,
through copses freshly naked
and into skies of madonna blue

My eyes are led easily,
catching the swift sole movements
like a gorgeous leaf circling
in elegant fall and flight

It all brings a rare smile
to winter’s thinnest lips,
this soaring, plaintive viola—
a primed glissando on his prey

image and poem © copyright dfbarker 2012

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44 thoughts on “Poem ‘Raptor’

  1. Hi David, what a scene 🙂 lovely! You always find a way to see and hear more, and reproduce it in a beautiful poem and painting, I admire that very much!

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  2. To be able to express your thoughts in colours and words both, is such a gift…Beautiful painting … in love with the line
    “a primed glissando on his prey” absolutely marvelous piece 🙂

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  3. So many vivid images in this – I love “skies of madonna blue”. You’ve described the flight and movements of raptors so clearly that I could SEE it. And of course the painting is beautiful!

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  4. Oh my. The last stanza. I had to just keep rereading it like listening to a favorite tune over and over. I’ve never a fan of poetry, but you are teaching me much about this genre…the way it can be when it is good.

    Oh, of course, I love the water color as well. Couldn’t I just keep soaring in that sky of blue?

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  5. I really enjoyed this poem, ‘skies of madonna blue’ is lovely, & the close bringing sound to join sight, combining & the layering senses, adds a perceptive depth, but also nicely extends the elevation..reflecting flight ..hmm….lovely.,
    K-a

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  6. A gorgeous poem, David. Its images are as powerful as your art, and, for me, even more so. What you accomplish is what the best poets accomplish: You give us enough detail for our minds to paint in the entire picture, involving creative thought, thought, emotion, and sight. This is a very good trick and one well worth exploring when you read it.

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  7. Such beautiful colors and serenity in your painting to complement your wonderful poem, David…

    My eyes are led easily,
    catching the swift sole movements
    like a gorgeous leaf circling
    in elegant fall and flight

    Gracefully written, as always!
    Lauren

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  8. You are a Talent, with huge, eloquent, graceful capital “T”. It’s always a pleasure to stop by and read your words! Hopefully I’ll learn something from you and improve my writing!

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  9. Yes, of course! Good idea. Give it a bit of thought, sometimes two totally unrelated ideas ‘thrown’ together can create something really interesting. Perhaps, say, a poem of a few verses in which one writes one verse and the other responds with another? Or maybe a poem of a few lines by one, which is responded to, or inspires a second ‘counter’ part by the other, separated by an asterix, or something. You may have much better ideas than this! 🙂

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