BLACKBIRD CHOIR

by Antonio Gil May. 21, 2015 3107 views

A Blackbird Singing
a poem by R. S. Thomas

It seems wrong that out of this bird,
Black, bold, a suggestion of dark
Places about it, there yet should come
Such rich music, as though the notes’
Ore were changed to a rare metal
At one touch of that bright bill.
You have heard it often, alone at your desk
In a green April, your mind drawn
Away from its work by sweet disturbance
Of the mild evening outside your room.
A slow singer, but loading each phrase
With history’s overtones, love, joy
And grief learned by his dark tribe
In other orchards and passed on
Instinctively as they are now,
But fresh always with new tears.

♫♫ THE BEATLES - BLACKBIRD ♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 3 months ago

Fun post! One of my all-time favorite songs, as well!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 4 years, 3 months ago

Nicely done Antonio, I guessed the music as well.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dany 4 years, 3 months ago

Le terme employé est tout à fait approprié sur cette prise de vue,
C'est joli est bien fait !

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sara G 4 years, 3 months ago

Amusing post..great blackbirds :-)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Maud - Normandie - France 4 years, 3 months ago

Génial !! j'aime beaucoup !!!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 4 years, 3 months ago

I love how everything is lined up...

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 3 months ago

Oh my quintuplets!! Did the sing in tune???

Love it hahaha :)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 4 years, 3 months ago

Great edit . SADHYA gave an interesting story about the poem's author , I wonder what he would be preaching now in this day of modern tech but didn't he realize that these modern "gadgets" were time saving and his congregation would have more time for their spiritual needs I wonder why no-one argued that fact to him?

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 4 years, 3 months ago

An R S Thomas poem. He was a preacher and lived very near to here. I know lots of stories of him and his grumpiness! Here is what his son had to say about him. "Gwydion recalls his father's sermons, in which he would "drone on" to absurd lengths about the evil of refrigerators, washing machines, televisions and other modern devices. Thomas preached that they were all part of the temptation of scrambling after gadgets rather than attending to more spiritual needs. "It was the Machine, you see", Gwydion Thomas explained to a biographer. "This to a congregation that didn’t have any of these things and were longing for them"

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 3 months ago

Great song and capture......

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 4 years, 3 months ago

Ha! Saw the title and I knew that would be your music selection. You're becoming predictable, António!

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sreekumar Marar 4 years, 3 months ago

Quality editing with a realistic touch! :)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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