Song of the Mockingbird

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Over the mountains, and in the lowlands of the South,

the Mockingbird's song is heard,

So melodious and melancholy his tune,

sung by this marvelous and endearing grey bird.




He tells of times so long ago, the red men hunted there,

then life was pure, and revered, by all to be so grand.

The warbling message is well received,

by listeners in the woods, and all across the land.




Men came to build log homes, then chopping down the trees,

as many terrible changes soon began,

A wasteful squandering of natural things, left in their wake,

and the wrongdoing of their hands.




Once beautiful deer and wild things roamed,

and lived under the warmth of the sun,

Now all seemed lost amid smoke filled skies,

such carelessness and a spoiling had begun.




Hear the mournful song the wild bird to repeat,

it fills our ears, and then to resonate there,

An unhappy dirge of the times he's seen,

as in his witness, and in sadness, we all share.




The accompanying thrush and whippoorwill join in,

to form their symphony of remorse,

What lies ahead for all of mankind, if not a change,

and then to set a new course?




Despite his anguish in what he has beheld,

over the years and in happier times long past,

The small grey Mocking Bird adds his fine voice,

still so staunch and enduring, his to last.




The sun still shines over the green meadows there,

and a gentle wind sways the tall trees,

A song of hope is what he now sings,

as in his flight a spirit soars, and as time flees.



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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That was beautiful! Are those paintings yours? Well done my friend...very well done!


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Bill, yes I do paint as well as write, and it is a good form of therapy for me.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

I was inspired to write this by the great novel by Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and will always remember it as a most fond read.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

That is my favorite book....none better in my estimation! I knew I liked you for a reason. :)


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Bill..mutual respect.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I agree "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a beloved book. It has inspired you and allowed you to create. The paintings do well to accompany this work.


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Nikki Major 4 years ago

Voted Up! beautiful hub and paintings.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for all the grand comments.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I can't say enough about how talented you are, Whonu. I enjoy your poetic verses and photos. The mockingbird is a great classic. We also have these birds around our home and their song is one that wakes us in the morning and sings through the night.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks teaches12345, I hope that what I share is enjoyed by all who view and read, for this is my goal in life.

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