Blackbird, O Blackbird

~~ ~~ 1 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
at midnight in the garden,
who can see your wings?
~~ ~~ 2 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
even the water trembles
when you start to sing.
~~ ~~ 3 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
do you prefer the cypress
over the white rose?
~~ ~~ 4 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
how many songs overflow
from your handsome throat?
~~ ~~ 5 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
tell me what I need to know
to make your path mine.
~~ ~~ 6 ~~ ~~
Blackbird, O blackbird,
I search the chapel rooftop—
will I find you there?

Haiku © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Sunday’s Whirligig #178
More Poetry Pantry #419 at Poets United

Posted on September 9, 2018, in 5-7-5, haiku, Poetry Pantry, Poets United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Blackbirds are fine by me, they are usually the must trusting of birds.

  2. I love how this reads – like a song

  3. There IS something about a blackbird. They definitely have something to tell us!


    I especially like ‘songs overflow from your handsome throat.’ The crow is my totem.

  5. Blackbirds are often misunderstood, but they do have a mysterious song.

  6. I love these blackbird poems. Wonderful!

  7. I love the way you talk to the blackbird… made me think about the poem thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird by Wallace Stevens…

    Or as a teacher maybe there should be a poem about blackboards

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      There COULD be a poem about blackboards, IF any teacher used them anymore! 🙂

      On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 8:10 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  8. Oh this is precious

    Happy Sunday MMT


  9. Kestril Trueseeker

    The progression in this piece is quite nice. I like how it starts with physical observations and ends in the metaphysical.

  10. Oh this is so elegantly done! ❤️

  11. I found this out about blackbirds – if they do not have a mate they do not have a territory and therefore do not sing. I think that is sad. But I loved how this ended in the spiritual realm, from the physical to the spiritual.

  12. This is just a treat to read. A beautifully constructed piece with a hypnotic line of repetition, throughout … I don’t think I have come upon a tanka sequence with repetition used quite this way before, but – Woozers – it really works … and works wonderfully!

  13. I loved blackbirds when I was growing up, but never see them where I live now. I thoroughly enjoyed your addresses to your blackbird.

  14. This is captivating! Even I, want to hear the Blackbird sing😍

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