Swift Bird

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Time is an old firmly rooted tree; we are the breeze rustling its leaves.
 ~Terri Guillemets

Time is a prudent yet swift bird
 that we all truly long to catch.
Though the feathers that it flies with
 carry it ever further beyond our grasp.
We rush awkwardly forward
as it touches back down upon a branch
and we reach out in a hurry
but still with a backward glance.
For no nets nor loaded guns
can catch this bird in hovered flight.
It tarries not for no beast nor human
as it takes each hour soft within the night.

Linking with dVerse for Mary's prompt "Time"



  1. Great metaphorical use of the bird, Carrie. I had never looked at time this way but your poem gives me food for thought. And indeed it is a bird that no nets or guns can catch.

  2. hmmm...lovely. I think we spend too much time trying to catch the bird instead of enjoying its flight.

  3. A beautiful poem, Carrie, but when I reached the last stunning line I went "ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh" - it is so incredibly perfect.

  4. how true..that bird beyond our reach..teases us and then we slowly get into its grasp...wow..a wonderful poem Carrie..

  5. Exquisite. I love the quote you took as a jumping off point and I have a weakness for poetry that uses birds or allusion to birds. They represent so much.

  6. I like your comparison to time as a bird that cannot be stopped or captured....a great perspective. I too love birds and especially enjoyed your poem today.

  7. oh that is a lovely image for time... so dreamy and magical

  8. I love the idea of time as a bird. This is lovely!

  9. This is just exquisite - and timeless. A lovely piece.

  10. Loved this metaphorical verse ... beautiful indeed :-)


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