Bird of Paradise is Stranded

Bird of Paradise Stranded

by Laura Summerville Reed

The colors of April are easily carried

into the autumn chill

when the breath of summer

is still hot upon your skin from your lover’s kiss

Whispered words pool between warm flesh

tiny orbs condense in the cool night air

of the falling season

Are they strung together by the breath of a word?

Turned to prism talismans

left by lips pressed against eager flesh

Crystal beads suspended from the gossamer thread

tangled into

the web that’s been knotted in the night

Morning dawns and stabs

as deeply as a venom

The sunlight catches the

glinting strands upon your skin




You dare not brush them off

at any cost

and they’ve cost you dearly

The colors of April cannot last

The weather is in your bones

The ripened fruit

is not much longer on the vine

or full in your mouth

for your downy, winged heart to fed upon

the colors of April

and the breath of summer survived the falling season

but the winter’s chill creeps in

Wings of desire are earthbound now, spent

The blackened taste of oil chokes thick

in the throat of summer

The colors are beaten and tender now

Washed to grey in this cruel season

too many storm clouds are on the horizon

and your cloven, winged heart is down

like this rain

©LSR 2010

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

What an amazing and powerful video, lalesu-one that is truly disturbing. Which fits the current oil situation so perfectly.

Your words are again, stunning and poignant, and this particular one touches me deeply.

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

I love this song, and the video is genius to me.

I've had the bulk of this poem for quite sometime (titled 'Down Like This Rain') after showing it to a friend, they introduced me to this song and video. In light of the current Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis, in the heart of where I live, I amended and added a few lines, but the video remains a perfect fit.

Thank you, dear lady, for your high praise. It truly gladdens my heart.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

It's beautiful but so tragic with no help in sight. sigh

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I couldn't get to work so I just had to imagine it. It was rather good in my imagination so I bet the real thing is something to see. As for the poetry, you write like the wind blows around the house with all the dips and dives and vortices spinning occasionally twisting a leaf in its path then chasing off into eternity. Fluid, dynamic, and yet so tender. I would write like that if I could. Your words upon the page color the reader's mind like the deliberate strokes of the oil painter upon the canvas slowly and skillfully pulling an invisible image on to a stark white surface. I like it.

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Nellieanna, thank you, and it is so very tragic. I went to the ocean today to sit for awhile and say good-bye to the mermaids before they all die of the black death that's forecast to arrive tomorrow. There's no end in sight.

Wayne Brown, I believe you just wrote like THAT! You've described my poetry in the most beautiful poetic way. Thank you, I'm touched and deeply humbled.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

It's a disturbing video but matches very well the poetry you have written. I shudder to think of the devastation caused to the sea and it's wonderful creatures, so sad, so sad. OIL the black fuel of greed and death to our oceans. When will it stop? I big UP it was so compelling.

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, dear SR, for reading, your insightful comments and, as always your compliments about my poetry. There is no end in sight, the repercussions will be felt for years.

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blake4d 6 years ago from Now Rising Out of Phoenix Arizona Earthlings




You dare not brush them off

at any cost

and they’ve cost you dearly...

(I know that feeling at a souldeep gut crunching level. Breakthrough and lyrically challenging piece. I love the recurring theme of the beads of water dew on the spider web strands, the tiny orbs as it were. And that she is a potion, really good wordsense. Singing like a soothsayer my dear. Loving it, XOXOXO you are one of my favorite new poets here lalesu. Thanx also for always being one of the first to read my new published poems. You commented on my Haiku piece within the hour of it being published. It is noted and appreciated. Love is the law ladybird. Keep on Hubbing.) Blake4d

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Dear Blake, thank you so very, very much for your beautiful compliment of my writing. As I said in a previous comment, I've had this one for quite sometime with slightly different imagery and title, I've come back to it many times to linger and have my gut-crunched, as you say. It feels good to apply these words as a bandage to another very real, very tangible hurt that comes at such a high price.

BTW - Your Haikus were brilliant in their theme, range, chosen words, and humor. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite! (but if you insist, it might have to be Clio - b/c I love her first, she is my muse - and Thalia - b/c you made me LOL!)

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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Laura, that was incredible. I wish I could write poetry like that. You have quickly become one of my favorites here on Hubpages. I hope you stick around. You will make this a better place.

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Sam, hello my new friend! 'Incredible' certainly will be hard to live up to! Such high praise always frightens me a bit, but all poets know there's no profit in the craft (except posthumously, perhaps, lol), so I suppose we write first, to let it out, and secondly, in hopes that the 'high praise' is in fact, one day warranted, thank you so very much.

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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000


'you wear her on your heart'

That line burns me

And I like it

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Hello, Awful Poet, thank you for stopping by to read and particularly for commenting on that line. It's always interesting to know when there's a word of phrase that stands out beyond the rest for someone. So very glad you liked it.

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Joy56 6 years ago

I for some reason liked the lines




i enjoyed all of this, and look forward to more, many thanks

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Dear Joy, It's so nice to meet you. Thank you for reading my poem and please read more when you get a chance. I must admit, I come back and read them occasionally, as well, and this is my favorite part; of course, I know how I felt, what compelled me to write these three simple words in such a way, but to have you tell me that you, too like them is affirmation that the feeling I was trying to convey perhaps did hit its mark. Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you more often, my new friend.

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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

Tragic but profound...

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

There are two tragedies flailing about in this poem - Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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epigramman 6 years ago

I come back for your smile - and find this - you have the complete hub package - beauty, wit, sensitivity, provocation, heart and soul and a righteous way with words!

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Dear sir, these are surely things that I aspire to, but you are too kind on all counts! I am, however, very glad you chose to visit and invite you back as often as you please, Thank you so very much!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

It's a cruel season. Thank you lalesu! You certainly have a "way with words"!

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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Micky, Thank you, and you certainly have a way with your compliments! I've gotten a triple treat from you today! Such an unexpected, and much appreciated extended visit!

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