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The Lark No Longer Sings

Updated on September 25, 2015

Birds, poets, speakers, all have sounds to hear today.

Sounds can lift our spirits and teach us with wisdom.
Sounds can lift our spirits and teach us with wisdom. | Source


Just a beautiful song from a bird

One of many which greet me each day

I know it was one I must have heard,

For I miss it now it‘s gone away.


Oh, how like so many fine voices,

Whose voices and craft once on display,

Are missed now when we’ve lost those choices,

For new words they cannot sing their way.


Their old songs, yes they still can linger.

Recordings, soundtracks, all matter much.

But like the lark no more a singer,

Today’s new songs their voices won't touch.


Great poets silenced by death’s last roar,

Great speakers too, who shared such wisdom,

Now silent, still, and forever more,

Their missing, lilting tones their kingdom,


Sound against another, distant shore.

A distant shore.
A distant shore. | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Looking to see what gave this poem a red skull for which I originally made it unpublished, I decided that having two amazon ads was perhaps too much for HP to tolerate. I have eliminated any ads and am republishing it in part to honor the favorable comments it received three years ago.

      I am heartened by the fact that its original HP score of 49 is now 58 (only one point less than the 59 Hubber score I noted for a new Hubber with no Hubs and no Followers!)

      If there is another Violation, perhaps another more knowledgeable Hubber will point it out to me and then I can clean up some other red skull Hubs I have unpublished.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Here I am 5 months later (9/22/12) with a Hub which has been read 1,580 times, and a Views count over 24,000 mostly from fellow Hubbers like yorself. This particular Hub had 103 Views and 19 comments (other than mine) and the grand "Score" of 49! I prefer to think that Hubbers know more about poetry than do HP algorithms.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Genna East: Yours is high praise, coming as it does from an accomplished Hubber. Thanks indeed.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      raciniwa: Will we ever get a "golden Hub" like the one I read about that was read "1,000" times? We can hope so, but right now it seems unlikely. You will make the 10,000. It took me 28 days from 8,000 to reach 10,000, so there is a benchmark for you to shoot for. Thanks for the help you gave me by reading mine.

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Congrats for making it to the 10k...i still have 2k more to go though...

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      There are layers to this beautiful poem; it isn't easy to write something so meaningful, so profound in rhyme, but you do it so well!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      thebluestar: Beautiful music, from any source, is a blessing, as are the special talents of fine musicians, gifted speakers and singers, the well chosen words of writers and poets, and all the sounds we sometimes take for granted. George Gershwin made beautiful music out of the noises of busy streets. We humans, all and each of us, make our own music in our cryings. sobs, cheers, and laughter.

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Beautiful poetry dedicated to one of natures free gifts, bird song. I don't know what would happen to me if I couldn't listen to the music in the morning, whilst drinking my cup of tea. Thank you for the lovely reminder of how precious our feathered friends are. Net:)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB: It seems birds are special except when too many are sucked into an airliner's jet engine! The literal clouds of starlings originated when 250 were brought to New York "...so that America can have every bird spoken of in Shakespear's writings." Covetousness always his its price to pay. Every sparrow...every starling?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I have written humorously here on HubPages about what Heaven could be like in several Hubs which have that in their titles, but other than the paving of the streets, and that there are many mansions, I don't recall many other descriptive hints on what it is really like. Let's hope a theological view some share that there are no pets in Heaven is wrong, and that if there are we all have room in our mansions for them all! Now is the time to prepare. What will be...will be.

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Perspycacious -- I believe the chuck will's widow is in the nightjar family and is very similar to the Whip poor Will, which is a bird I remember listening to on my grandparents farm when I was a little girl. My grandmother is actually the catalyst to my love for birds and their songs. I so agree with you on the hope that there are birds in heaven! Birds, and trees and animals and oceans and flowers...I can only imagine the sounds, sights and smells of heaven...it will be magnificent!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A beautiful poem, song birds are so special. Thank you for sharing.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone: Share and share a "like". ;o)

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Very beautiful and thought provoking. Thank you so much for sharing all of your beautiful poems.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      sallieannluvslife: If the "chuck will's widow" song sounds like repetitions of "Whip poor Will!" it is the same bird we call by those words, namely the whippoorwill which is a night bird more common to the easter USA and Canada, but related to a European bird call the nightjar. The call is a fist high note, a lower middle note, and an even higher third note. I hope there are birds in heaven, don't you? Thanks for one of the first five votes of beautiful for this Hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      marcoujor: I think that, for this generation(s?) Dick Clark will be more favorably remembered than recent presidents who lived their public lives when Dick did. 82 is a long life, even by today's standards. He had a full life, a successful life, and spent much of it making other people happy. One of my relatives who is a DJ said "Heaven has a new MC!" How right he is, and how ironic that his passing added some relevance to my Hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      wetnosedogs: The photo praise goes to my sister Mary, but I will see that she hears it added to the experience you had with this Hub.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: Your "absolutely beautiful" comment is frosting on the cake. Thanks again.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      b. Malin: Hopefully so. The thought raises the question "Who do we write for?" There are probably almost as many answers to that question as there are Hubbers on HubPages. I notebook mine and hope that one day one or more of my grandchildren might see something in them that I put there.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Angelo52: You are welcome. That could make a beautiful title or honorific: "Poetry Weaver" and there is so much truth to the idea that poets weave their words, just as weavers weave their threads. I like it. Thanks.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mary615: Strangely enough, so much so that we have started keeping a record, wishing can make it so. Perhaps it will turn into a Hub later, but it is uncanny enough to make it remarkable. If this poem made you wish to write poetry again, I think it will happen. Just don't work to prove me wrong.

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      I, too, love the songs of birds...this is a beautiful poem...thanks for sharing it. I hear many bird's songs where I live in the woods but there is one very special bird called a chuck will's widow whose song is so very unique and special and we only hear it after the sun goes down at night and before it comes up in the morning. It is like waiting for a friend each night and morning - we love it so much.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: Thanks for the kudos. To the extent that writers and poets create such quality that their writings and poems live on, you are right. Sadly, except possibly in the hereafter, the flood of such "intellectual property" will have most looking like small bubbles in a rushing stream. Just as life is not mere existence, the living on of those writings has to be active to count. I forget the exact quote, but it goes something like "The writing hand writes and moves on."

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      writer20: We have a tall, gorgeous blue spruce outside our bedroom window which is the home and resting place of a variety of birds which are all singing springtime songs each morning we enjoy. Yes, the comments have hit 10,100, but I have a wonderful Hub everyone could benefit from reading and it has had only 23 reads and no comments in over 150 days! I think we need a Forum thread for listing underead/underappreciated quality Hubs. What do you think?

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deborah Brooks: I'm glad you found this to your liking. Thanks for the "Share" on facebook.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      As I read this today, I cannot help but think of the icon we lost today, Dick Clark.

      Perhaps the hope is that when we no longer sing, someone will still remember our melody, through our legacy.

      Voted UP & ABI. Simply lovely, mar.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Very pretty poem. I love the picture of the distant shore.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      Oh my you are good with words, that was absolutely beautiful.

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Some thoughts as I read your Poem Perspy...This was a Lovely, Poignant read...Time marches on, changes, come and go...as will we. Hopefully we too will be remembered by the words we share as we write our writes and sing our songs of life.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great words woven into a meaningful poem. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This was quite beautiful. I enjoyed it very much. You make me wish I'd go back to writing poetry!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Just wonderful. But the poets and writers words still live on even though they are gone.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Looks like you made your goal with comments.

      Loved this poem, I loved to hear birds sing in the mornings.

      Voted up and bbeautiful.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this poem.. You are a true poet. I want to share this on Facebook..

      Debbie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love this poem.. You are a true poet. I want to share this on Facebook..

      Debbie

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      lovely poetry, P..

      come on by one day! the water's fine..

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Poignant words for all of time! Thanks for sharing your work.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Someone who reads this Hub will give my Hubs their 10,000th reading. To you, my thanks. Mr. P.