on the possibility of seeing a painted bunting (draw a bird day)

painted bunting s

caught like a
shadow just beyond
the watching
eye, barely
imprinted on the synapse
of remembering

it flies on
the winds of held breath–
covering the
air with blurs
of moving feathers, colors
surrounded by song

My NaPoWriMo poem today has nothing to do with the prompt, and everything to do with it being the 8th of April, which is National Draw-a-Bird-Day.  I have never actually seen a painted bunting, but I have painted this bird before, in 2015, when one was spotted in Brooklyn.  This version was done with a new set of watercolor pencils I received for my birthday earlier this year.



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34 responses to “on the possibility of seeing a painted bunting (draw a bird day)”

  1. robtkistner says :

    Hi Kerfe. Sorry to bother you off topic. I have a question. NaPoWriMo keeps dropping my DAY 8 link calling it spam! Has this ever happened to you and do you know what I should do?

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    • memadtwo says :

      It happened to me on Friday and Saturday. Every time I tried to post my text totally disappeared. But evidently it showed up for some people to see anyway–I think it’s just a bug. You can try later, or wait a day or two. Today it seems to be working OK for me.


  2. jazzytower says :

    Aah!!! Beautiful. Those who can DO!!


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  3. robtkistner says :

    BTW, I enjoyed this poem. Had a musterious essence!

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  4. merrildsmith says :

    I love this: “it flies on
    the winds of held breath–”
    The magic of waiting, hoping, and perhaps seeing. . .
    My husband’s aunt in the Houston area had one in her yard and few years ago, and I think she’s been waiting ever since for it to return.

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  5. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says :

    Beautiful :-). I like how the pencil strokes suggest feathers and the occasional flows of wet colour suggest a Painted Bunting, the flowiness of flying and the not-quite-yet-seen status of the bird. And the head tilt is very charming.

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  6. Claudia McGill says :

    It seems like a bird from a dream momentarily passing into our world and out again.

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  7. Jodi says :


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  8. kiddlescarol says :

    Love this vibrant, colorful bird, Kerfe – both of your renditions! Happy Draw a Bird Day!

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  9. Charlie O'Shields says :

    This is gorgeous, Kerfe! Adore the colors! 😃💕

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  10. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    I love this colorful bird!

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  11. Evelyn says :

    A beautiful bright bird and you’ve captured the shape perfectly…

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  12. Sharon Mann says :

    I’d love to see this bird fly through my garden today!

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  13. Ennle Madresan says :

    Gorgeous words and bird!!

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  14. Shuku Li says :

    Caught like a shadow just beyond the watching eye – what a phrase and what a poem! It’s exactly like a bird darting past on swift wings juuuust at the peripheral vision. And what a beautiful drawing, the colours!

    Day 8! And still chasing. Sigh.

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