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Birds of Winter ... A Poem With Music

Updated on February 24, 2019
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We had our first real snow of the season today. So magical...and the way birds lighten the heart amidst chilled shadows of winter blue. I tried to write a poem in Haiku style to capture in words the tenuous beauty of it all.



Birds of Winter



Eden's gifts alight,

Grasping, gathering at rest.

Blithe symphonies sound...

Nimble, timorous,

Caroling our earthly dreams...

Sigils of the heart.

Through the muted white,

Soft-winged colors thrust upward.

The crystal air blooms.


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Poetry written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman (Gena East) 2016


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    • Genna East profile imageAUTHOR

      Genna East 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Peggy. That last line was inspired by the photo. Good to see you. :-)

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      "The crystal air blooms." What a lovely way to describe beautifully colored birds in the winter when snow and ice abound.

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      Genna East 

      17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Nell! Have a Merry Christmas. :-)

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      Nell Rose 

      17 months ago from England

      That was beautiful Genna, I love birds, and this time of year too, wonderful!

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Frank. It is so good to see you...you have been missed, my talented friend. I hope all is well.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 years ago from Shelton

      Genna this was just wonderful... I loved it!!!!

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Bravewarrior: Hi there. Yes, wasn't sure if everyone would know sigil -- I love that word -- but I gave it a chance. Thanks much for your visit and comment. Aren't the birds stunning?

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Annart: I humbly thank you, Ann, for those kind words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I learned a new word today: sigil. I had to look it up, Genna - had never heard it before.

      Beautiful poem! Now I'm going to go back and watch the pretty birds.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Beautiful Haiku, Genna. I could see the picture of wondrous birds against the snow; they do bring delight, don't they? The detail is superb.

      Ann

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Faith! How good it is to see you. You have been missed, my friend. I hope your husband is on the mend and feeling better. Knee replacement surgery can be painful and therapy is a long process. Happy New Year to you, as well, and a belated Merry Christmas. And thank you for that beautiful comment. Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Genna, this is exquisite poetry!

      You've captured the magic of winter's first snow so beautifully. Perfect choice of music.

      I've been absent from HubPages being my husband had knee replacement surgery and other life issues, so I hope to get back on here writing soon.

      Happy New Year and belated Merry Christmas, dear lady

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Thank you, Maria, for that generous comment. Hugs.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      No matter what season, your poetry touches my soul.

      Beautifully penned, dear Genna.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      VocalCoach: Hi Audrey. :-) Thank you, my friend. There is music of the soul everywhere in moments like these in nature. I only wish I could capture it more effectively in words. It is part of what writing poetry means to me. Happy New Year.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Gypsy Rose Lee: Hi Rasma. Thank you. Mother Nature takes all the credit. I was just a grateful, humble bystander. Good to see you. :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Nadine: Hi Nadine. When the colorful birds thrust upward, they fill the air with the blooms of spring. It's beautiful. Thank you. :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Alicia: I hoped the combination would relay some of the tenuous beauty of those moments in nature. I cherish them so. Thanks for that kind comment.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Cam8510: Thank you, Chris. It's my favorite line as well, although I am not nearly as good with Haiku as other hubbers. I enjoyed your visit.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you Genna for sharing these lovely thoughts. Creativity at its best!

      Happy New Year my friend!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely poetry with thoughts of birds flying with snowflakes in the air.

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      Nadine May 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Such a creative use of a string of words with lovely photos and video. Wow! The crystal air blooms.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've shared some beautiful photos, delightful music and a lovely poem, Genna. I hope you enjoy the snow in your part of the world.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Lowell, MA through the end of May, 2019.

      I love the poem all the way through, but the last line is superb.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Vellur: Hi. Thanks for stopping by, and for the lovely comment.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Suhail and my dog: Thank you. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, lovely haiku. Enjoyed reading.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Beautiful poem! Loved it!

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      MartieCoetser: Hi there, Martie. :-) We are still getting snow, believe it or not. Winter is definitely here to stay for a while.

      Thanks so much for your comments. Unfortunately, some of these beautiful creatures don't survive. They can produce their own body heat (but this uses up energy), and grow extra down for the cold months. Bird feeders help because they don't have to expend energy trying to find food. But feeders and ground sprays of food can create competition and bullying to defend territory. The colorful ones we get during winter are Goldfinches (little golden fellows), Cardinals (gorgeous reds), Blue Jays (the bullies), and sometimes Robins. I also leave out carrots for the wild rabbits. They will eat the bird food, too, so I have to keep it up higher in feeders. Never a dull moment. (Lol.)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      PegCole17: Thank you, Peg. I'm not very good with Haiku, but I'm still learning and trying. :-) In this case, Mother Nature made things a little easier for me. I appreciate your visit and comment. Good to see you.

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Oh my gosh, Genna, I accidentally called you Peg! Forgive me!

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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful bird-picture you have chosen for the front page! To be honest, oh, and I can't believe that this is true: I didn't know there are birds that are able to survive snow and bitter cold winters. And such beautiful birds! I am in awe!

      Beautiful and striking poem, thank you Peg!

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      The poem is beautifully written and the music you chose to go along with the imagery is stunning. It reminds me of the lithe, airy flight of birds. Many of the ones in the video are familiar and these photos are truly as beautiful as your poem.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Jodah: Thank you, John. I love the winter. Still, when it gets a bit rough along by late February, I can't help but envy you a little, living south of the equator.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Billybuc: Lol. I think I overdid it a bit. Happy weekend, Bill. And best wishes for a terrific New Year, my friend.

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      FlourishAnyway: Thank you! We're supposed to get more snow tomorrow. Winter has definitely arrived. :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      AlwaysExploring: Hi Ruby. Snow glistening in the trees is beautiful. It's nice to have smaller amounts of snow that linger. Wouldn't it be great if we could direct Mother Nature where to drop it? "No, no...not in the driveway or on the sidewalk, steps or the roof; just around the house, on the grass and the trees, thank you." I always enjoy your visits, Ruby. Thank you, and have a pleasant weekend. :-)

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Mcbirdbks: Hi Mike. Thank you for that very gracious comment. Haiku isn't easy for me to write. (I'm never satisfied with my efforts.) I'm more comfortable with rhyme or free verse. So I especially appreciate your kind thoughts. Have a nice weekend, my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What beautiful words, images, video and music. Simply faultless, Genna. Enjoy your winter in all its glory.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I heard the birds....I heard the birds...I heard the birds!!!!!

      And what a beautiful sound your poetry plays.

      Blessings and Happy New Year, my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Beautiful poem to celebrate the arrival of winter. I hope you stay warm and enjoy the lovely snow.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The video sets the mood for this beautiful poem. I have snow too, only a half inch, but it's glistening in the trees. The sun is shinning brightly so it will be gone soon. I always love your poetry. Thank you...

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      mckbirdbks 

      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Genna - Your poetry with music strikes me like an ancient Ink wash painting. There are smooth lines, an deep concentration of meaning. The stunning video, was no match for your gracefully paced words.

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