Take These Broken Wings

there's a crow flying #2

Curse not the king, no, not even in thy thoughts, and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber; for a bird of the air shall carry thy voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
–Ecclesiastes 10:20

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.
–Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

apolcalyptic crows wht s

That which hath wings shall tell
(blackbird whirling in the autumn winds)
The birth of the sky, the void in the flow

Three minds like a tree in parallel
(rising in blueness, the mystery twinned)
That which hath wings shall tell

Blackbirds are involved in what I know
(how to release and how to begin)
The birth of the sky, the void in the flow

A man and a woman are one distilled
(diving divining reflected and twinned)
That which hath wings shall tell

The river is moving in flying shadow
(the question unseen that I can’t comprehend)
The birth of the sky, the void in the flow

Imagine these golden birds aglow
(the crow and the tree and the origin’s end)
That which hath wings shall tell
The birth of the sky, the void in the flow

There's a crow flying # if I flew

For the NaPoWriMo prompt, a villanelle with lines taken from an outside text.  I’ve used both of these poetic sources before; you can see examples here and here.  To the words of Stevens and the Bible, I added text from one of my many crow poems, and art selected from my many pieces inspired by crows.

And since dVerse is conveniently featuring the villanelle form this month, I’ve linked to the collection of villanelle poems.

spiral crows 2s


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33 responses to “Take These Broken Wings”

  1. tref says :

    Very nice, post. That said, I have so many broken wings all ready, but thank you. An over-abundance, really.

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  2. merrildsmith says :

    Oh, this is glorious! Like being caught in some sort of fantasy world or time.
    I do remember you’ve used these sources before–as one does. . .

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  3. Ennle Madresan says :

    Love everything here, from the Bible verse, to your words and incredible art.

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  4. Jane Dougherty says :

    Such a whirl of images! And blackbirds 🙂

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  5. Manja Mexi Movie says :

    A great, effective villanelle, and I’ve read so many of them these days. 🙂 Only here I see that dVerse is doing them too this month. Thanks, I’ll link mine there as well.

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  6. Sharon Mann says :

    Glorious art and words, the mixed media thrills me.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says :

    Quotes, villanelle, paintings – I love it all! (And am very fond of crows.)

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Shuku Li says :

    ❤ I love the flow, and all those blackbirds and wings AND the painting! It's so lyrical and yet surreal. I finally got mine done, first villanelle ever! Still catching up…


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  9. Frank Hubeny says :

    Nice sound and sense in this line: “The birth of the sky, the void in the flow”

    Liked by 1 person

  10. robtkistner says :

    Little musical gift for you Kerfe, hope you enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. sarahsouthwest says :

    Wow. I just loved this – the use of brackets creates a sense of dialogue, and the refrain lines are so well chosen, and you do them absolute justice. I’m sorry I’m so late to comment on this – I’ve been wifi-less for 10 days – so glad to be reading it now.

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  12. Suzanne says :

    It’s the final painting that speaks to me as the strongest part of this combination of words and image. It’s fantastic and inspires me to get off the computer and get back to my own hands on creative activities. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Suzanne. These were done over a large period of time, and looking at them also makes me want to return to ways of working that have fallen away. The problem, as always, is time…

      Liked by 1 person

  13. petrujviljoen says :

    This has depth.

    Liked by 1 person

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