by Tom May. 16, 2008 3407 views

Black Marsh Eclogue

Although it is midsummer, the great blue heron
holds darkest winter in his hunched shoulders,
those blue-turning-gray clouds
rising over him like a storm from the Pacific.

He stands in the black marsh
more monument than bird, a wizened prophet
returned from a vanished mythology.
He watches the hearts of things
and does not move or speak. But when
at last he flies, his great wings

cover the darkening sky, and slowly,
as though praying, he lifts, almost motionless,
as he pushes the world away.



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Camille 9 years ago

wow !

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Anca Tudosa 9 years ago

very beautiful!

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Julia Gotz 9 years ago

what a great creature!

I loved the poem. It really moved me. I had never seen it before. Thank you for including it. I would like to add it's information, in case anyone else likes it as much as I did:

Black Marsh Eclogue from [i]A Dragon in the Clouds[/i], Sam Hamill, Broken Moon Press, 1989

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Leocheung 9 years ago

Elegant too!

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Dadlak 9 years ago

First one looks like the cover of a nature book...excellent!

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Mertxe 9 years ago

nice pics my friend, love your picts when you shou me animals and colours

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Sherij 9 years ago

AAH the ever cool looking Great Blue Heron!! I shot some yesterday too!! I will post them next week!! Aren't they just one of the coolest Big Birds??

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Oldbabe 9 years ago

I've never seen one up close and personal. Thanks for showing yours off. I like #2- really shows his blue. And what other color of herons are there?

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very nice, I like the firts

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Vterezia 9 years ago

yes,yes,yes Majestic bird!!

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Shruti 9 years ago

really a majestic shot

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Marco Stefano Vitiello 9 years ago

[b]great :):):)[/b]

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David Cardona 9 years ago
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Nasser Golahmar 9 years ago

really beautiful!

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