Poem ‘The First Time’

Blackbird (Turdus merula), singing male. Bogen...

Blackbird (Turdus merula), singing male. Bogense havn, Funen, Denmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The First Time

Blackbird, you must believe me,
but I didn’t set out to praise you.
So much can seem pastoral,
hackneyed, and plain ‘done already’.

But your song today
when I opened the window,
once the lashing rain had passed
and a feeble sun had come out –

it was so vital and clear.
You were not troubled by worry,
not hamstrung with minutiae,
nor at all concerned about

what you should be doing.
You simply sang from your heart,
a heart which I can’t always find
or even acknowledge in me.

Today then, at least let me say
it was like hearing you
for the first time.
Which of course, I was

Poem © copyright df barker



  1. Betty Hayes Albright · May 20, 2012

    David, I love this – as you listen to the blackbird “for the first time”. How often we take the “mundane” for granted, not seeing or hearing the beauty in nature – the specialness. A delightful discovery. 🙂


  2. Three Well Beings · May 20, 2012

    I’ve missed you recently. I enjoyed this so much. An ode to a blackbird. At once both capturing the ordinary and then again, NOT. Debra


  3. Soma Mukherjee · May 20, 2012

    Oh Beautiful ..bright orange yellow beak and the songs of the heart,so sure so pure
    lovely poetry 🙂


  4. Ina · May 20, 2012

    Hi David
    this is great, the blackbird has a real language I think (I just did a posting about that! ) and I also love listening to them, in the early hours and evening. Sometimes they have these real melodies sang by the same blackbird, It must be full of messages to the others.
    Have a nice Sunday!


  5. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you so much Betty!


  6. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Debra, you are so kind, thank you!


  7. dfb · May 20, 2012

    I’m very grateful Soma, thanks ‘a ton’! 🙂


  8. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you once again Ina. Have a nice Sunday too!


  9. claudia · May 20, 2012

    great…sometimes we hear things indeed for the first time, even after hearing them a hundred times already…all depending on an open heart..and think we should just do the same more often and sing simply from our heart..


  10. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you Claudia, your comments are most welcome and appreciated – I will today try to catch up with a few of your posts!


  11. Pete Armetta · May 20, 2012

    Yes you were. 🙂 Just gorgeous here. We gotta get and stay in this moment no doubt. I never wanna grow up to be jaded & cynical. 🙂 Very well put by you.


  12. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thanks very much Pete!


  13. Victoria C. Slotto · May 20, 2012

    One of the things that is so cool about this is that you opened my ears to a Blue Jay outside my window who will not stop squacking, and then I noticed the songbirds. Before that ,a barking dog had center stage. I love reminders to stop and notice.


  14. susangeckle · May 20, 2012

    I’m a bird lover myself so I really enjoyed this. I can’t imagine life without them.


  15. susanjanejones · May 20, 2012

    We have a blackbird who truly sings for his supper, I love them. Great poem.


  16. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you very much Victoria!


  17. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you Susan!


  18. dfb · May 20, 2012

    Thank you once again Susan!


  19. Eve Redwater · May 20, 2012

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! 😀


  20. lscotthoughts · May 20, 2012

    This is a beautiful tribute to the blackbird, David; I could almost hear him singing and it’s wonderful to enjoy nature’s many beauties~


  21. sevilleestatesflyer · May 21, 2012

    Very beautiful and the world is a much better place with your writings!


  22. dfb · May 21, 2012

    Eve, thank you very much!


  23. dfb · May 21, 2012

    Thank you very much Lauren!


  24. dfb · May 21, 2012

    Oh, bless you! You are so kind, thank you very much!


  25. granbee · May 21, 2012

    I am so pleased at your honoring the singing of a blackbird like this. I have always been saddened by people complaining about incoming flocks of migrating blackbirds. I rejoice in them!


  26. Francina · May 22, 2012

    Wonderful poem, David. I love the blackbird song, you captured the impact of the song when we take time to listen.

    Ciao, Francina


  27. dfb · May 22, 2012

    Thank you Francina!


  28. bardessdmdenton · May 24, 2012

    Your poem sings like birdsong, as fresh and new, as if it’s never been done before!


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