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Bird Of Winter

A bird of Winter never leaves,    
but remains behind
among the trees.  

All the others far have flown  
to winter Edens in  
temperate zones.  

I cannot see, but only hear,  
my eyes stung with  
crispest air  

and whitest sky against grey limbs  
twisted above  
alone and slim.  

The joyful bird echoes melodic notes
it's whitest wings
spread out as it floats  

and lifts from one perch to the next  
crying a windy song  
in behest  

of all the love once given there  
in yellow, blue and  
green so fair.  

Far away yet sounding near,  
the wind's refrain is
eternally there.  

Bird of Winter, never leave;
whip your shrillness,
never grieve,  

I embrace your purest heart,  
your coldest chill  
and deepest of parts.  

You are the leaves; your feathers their downy souls,
and into the long winter,
under your loving wings they fold.  

As Winter draws on to an earth's icy freeze,  
the bird of Winter
still sings for me.  

.....  
PoetsRevenge
Written by PoetsRevenge
Published | Edited 28th Dec 2019
Author's Note
Inspired by 'White Eyes' by Mary Oliver, a poem I found on a list of winter poems which personifies Winter as a white bird that becomes a cloud. Written in memory of Mary Oliver...
Inspired by 'White Eyes' by Mary Oliver, a poem I found on a list of winter poems which personifies Winter as a white bird that becomes a cloud. Written in memory of Mary Oliver 👑📖📚
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/41662/white-eyes
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