Monday, April 30, 2012

The Oriole Sings for Me

I spend a considerable amount of time on our small, 7 x 9 deck.  It is 6 stories high, and lines up perfectly with a magnificent river birch tree. This tree is home to many birds. The first to arrive each spring are the orioles. Yesterday, on a crisp, clear Sunday morning, the oriole sings for me.

To hear an Oriole sing 
May be a common thing ~
Or only a divine. 

It is not of the Bird 
Who sings the same, unheard,
As unto crowd ~

The Fashion of the Ear 
Attireth that it hear
In Dun, or fair ~

So whether it be Rune, 
Or whether it be none
Is of within. 

The "Tune is in the Tree ~" 
The Skeptic ~ showeth me ~ 
"No Sir! In Thee!" 

Emily Dickinson


  1. Lovely, lovely pictures. I love Orioles. They're gorgeous.

    Your deck sounds divine. I would live out there!

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  2. I love these pix!!! Hope Springs eternal!!



  3. Great photos of a fabulous bird. Glad you're being serenaded.

  4. Two years ago my boys built a double decker birdhouse. The first year, the chickadees came, a female for each level and only one male (gasp) who "visited" each house. (See.... even birds have sister wives) Then last year the bumble bees took it over.

    This year, the chickadees moved in again, and this weekend Youngest and I watched as the bumble bee and the chickadee went head to beak for territory. It was quite funny.

    The bird won.


    1. now THAT is entertainment at its best!

  5. I was what a poem, you go Shannon...then I saw the credit...So I guess instead of that I will say, wow what a find, thank you for sharing that poem...I have read almost no classic poetry so I like being exposed.

    As far as what happened after my story, well I will take your advice and tell more :-)

    How are you Shannon, I haven't had a chance to really check in with you...


    1. I have a difficult time relating to poetry but I try. This one was beautiful.

      As far as how I am doing... I have a dr. appt. later today. i'll know more then (thanks for asking!)

      look forward to hearing more about you and your dad.

  6. Lovely pictures Shannon and I can here the singing. Perfect matching poem. I enjoyed them.

    And Shannon, my blog has a new address and it is on my profile! Thank you Shannon.

    1. thanks for letting me know, I'm on my way over!

  7. Incredible! I would be right there on that deck with you!

  8. How beautiful Shannon. I could almost hear it serenading you, loving you.

  9. I don't like the idea of following without knowing the final destination, but I'll come along (lol).

    Those pictures are beautiful.


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