He Knows What I Don't - a poem

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I patiently wait

for the brilliant blue bird

to return to my garden.

I only want to see

his lovely colors,

his graceful flight.

But he perches high in the trees,

protected in the leaves

from all watching eyes.

He is on alert

to every lurking threat,

careful not to reveal himself

until he is sure.


I only want to enjoy his beauty,

But he knows what I don't.

The hawk and the owl

don't care what color he is.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wow, I loved this poem, especially the surprise ending! Beautifully written and beautiful photo.

Up and more and sharing.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


pochinuk 2 years ago

Kathleen,

"...every lurking threat..."

Absolutely, again, just yesterday, I thought for sure I could move slowly and "see" the Blue Jay- with Ipod in hand... maybe even get a pic.

Nope! He owns his own blue coat and he ain't gonna let me borrow it for the slightest flit of a click.

Splendid action for such a momentary delight that amuses so many of us.

Voted Up.

-pochinuk


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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

Hmm !

Nice poem,it is beautifully and well written.

Voted up


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

pochinuk: " He owns his own blue coat and he ain't gonna let me borrow it for the slightest flit of a click." You've got a poem going there yourself.

Thanks for the response, folks. That's the real reward.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Faith: The photo was taken at Gibbs Gardens in Cherokee County, Georgia. It is the largest collection of daffodils in the US. Plan a visit for early March - it's worth the trip!


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

A beautiful poem and photo to accompany it. I just love blue bird's and get a lot of the over here. I also see a lot of Cardinal's. Nice write.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Minnetonka Twin: Welcome to my hubs and thanks for your comments. I'm sure you get a look at many varieties we don't see in the south. This week has been particularly cold for us and my feeders have been Grand Central Station. Cardinals and miniature woodpeckers.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

The bird lover in me relates to this pretty little bird but your words go way beyond. Loved the photo too.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks for your words, till!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

We had a hawk perch on our screen enclosure and his attitude was much the same as your words describe. Very nicely said.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks teaches12345! I've had birds galore for the past two days here in Atlanta because of the ice and snow. People forget, we never get just snow. We get ice!


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Had I seen this before? It doesn't ring a bell. At any rate, I really, really like it. Beautiful images and then such a wonderful twist, a reality check, t the end. Sharing. Theresa


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Indeed he knows--nicely said! The beauty of nature was/is affected by the fall of man and your poem reminds that though that is so, the birds' instincts were protected in the event that tinged everything for all of time. A thought-provoking little poem you have crafted--thanks!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

RTalloni: And a thought=provoking comment. Thanks.

T: You are an outstanding follower and don't know how you missed it. My first post-babies poem! It's only a few months old. Maybe there will be more. Who knows?


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Theater girl 2 years ago from New Jersey

I love the yin and yang of this piece. The juxtaposition of beauty and danger. Teaching us all to savor when we can, because it can be so fleeting! Great and votes up!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Theater girl: I'll tell you what's great about HubPages. You write a poem. Then great followers write comments that are more eloquent than the poem. Look at your comment and the others and tell me I'm wrong. Thanks for adding so much to this work.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

He Knows What I Don't - a poem is beautifully written and well shared with great emotions


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

DDE: My poem has made it half way around the world! How cool is that? Thanks for your comment from beautiful Croatia.


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Theater girl 2 years ago from New Jersey

Kathryn you are too kind! But you are correct in that this a place to meet wonderful writers!!! Blessings to you!


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Perfect. This is a "stalk up on you and don't see it coming" poem.

I saw your comment on the question asked about poetry getting low ratings. You said you wanted to know what people thought of yours.

I like what I read.

Thank you.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Twilight Lawns: Thank you. I'm glad I shook someone loose! "Stalk up on you and you don't see it coming." High Praise!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

So well done Kathleen. Your poetry, as shown here, is beautiful and certainly very surprising (at least the ending anyway).

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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J - R - Fr13m9n 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

The blue bird of happiness returns to your lovely and colorful garden Its song is a symphony of music, enchanting each soul who treks through your garden. That includes you. Beautiful poem.


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

tillsontitan: Glad you happened upon this one. I don't write many poems and I don't use many words. It's fulfilling when it touches someone.

J-R-Fr13mon: Another poet. Beautifully written comment. Thank you.


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ArtDiva 24 months ago from Yountville, CA

Finding the time to reading more writing of authors following. The little bird written here knows what I know, the writer, has a way with words. Well worth the time reading.


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Kathleen Cochran 24 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I do the same thing: try to take time each week to read the latest work of the folks I follow. Time to do that again. Thanks for the read and comment.

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