SERENADE OF A SMALL BROWN BIRD — Marilyn Armstrong


A strange day, windy and warm

Trees bending and swaying

Our doors slamming up and down the stairs.

No storm. Just a wind, wailing until

A bird came and sat on the deck railing

He sang a song so loud and clear

We thought it was a computer, maybe a phone

Too loud to be real.

But it didn’t stop.

Irregular the song and ever louder he called until

I rose and went to see where the music began.

There he was. A tiny wren on the railing.

From his open throat, a song trilled pure and clear


He such a tiny thing. Feathers, beak and a big voice

Yet so loud the wind could not match him.

That was my day. Today.

Come back tomorrow songbird.

Come back to sing again.



Categories: birds, lyrics, Marilyn Armstrong, Music, Nature, poem

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7 replies

  1. a poem as lovely as the song, I am sure.

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  2. That sounds like the little bird that came to sing for me on our windowsill. It was so moving I had to seek it out.
    Leslie

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  3. A post of incredible beauty, joy and warmth. I hope for you that this tiny star-singer will be back with more of his/her charm. What a joy!
    And finally this gives me a chance to express MY joy over your autumnal banner, I didn’t have the leisure to read or comment but every time, the banner flashes on my screen, I’m deeply enchanted. Thank You!

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