Saturday, February 12, 2011

the secret life of trees

i invite birds to nest
in my chest, tucking twigs
between ribs, they sing
beauty, making a home

my heart is the drum
my heart is the drum

the mom sits on
waiting for it to
hatch, crack &
spill forth new life

spring will come
spring will come

78 comments:

Katherine said...

Such a beautiful life! Lovely work Brian ... hope you're enjoying your weekend.

hedgewitch said...

This feels like a lost poem from another century, Brian...a beautiful, simple and really perfect little piece.

Raven said...

Makes me eager for spring! Delightful!

Just said...

This one feels like you're channelling your inner Hobbit...feels like it wouldn't be out of place in LOTR somewhere. Love it. :)

Me said...

oops...signed in as my alter-ego, before. The Hobbit comment was me, Brian. Just Me. :)
-C

Rebecca S. said...

Very nicely done. I could feel spring's drumbeat, too.

David Allen Waters said...

Love this...you and I seemed to be on the same page today with our post.

Daniel said...

Will spring really come? Hard to believe.

Tara Miller said...

I'm counting down the days until spring arrives....

Betty said...

spring will come
spring will come

it's good

Claudia said...

i feel like a tree now and think about inviting some birds...smiles

Maggie May said...

Yes.... Spring will come.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Paul C said...

I felt exactly that way today...spring will come. You express the feeling so well with your wonderful imagery.

rosaria said...

oh..........
spring is already here on the west coast.

DJan said...

I am SO hungry for spring this year. The birds can nest in my heart, too... lovely, Brian.

The Turning Point said...

Perfect, during meditation this am watched our resident red-headed couple,mom & dad cardinal, flirting with each other.First day of sun, cloudless blue sky and warming temps after a long icy winter.
thanks
Jim

Joybird said...

Oh, Brian, I like this, My heart is the drum she sits on...unexpected image.

Ocean Girl said...

I love trees and I love knowing their secret life. And even though I do not have snow, I am just so glad to hear the word spring.

Ami Mattison said...

So simple, yet so lovely. The image of the birds nesting in your chest is so startlingly imaginative. Perfect use of repetition and rhyme. Beautiful poem!

Candie Bracci said...

Nice poem Brian but trees don't have secret life,the ones who come near the trees have.Trees know everything,they've been there for centuries listening to your laughters and tears and secrets.Sometimes they just stop listening I guess :)

Liza Ursu said...

one of my very favs of yours,
absolutely.
thanks for sharing.

Nezzy said...

Ahhhh, and it will too. I have many birdhouses scattered 'round the Ponderosa and the crazy bluebirds have been tryin' to build nests all winter. This is the first year I've ever seen this happen.

Beautiful poem Man!

God bless and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Vodka Logic said...

Lovely and spring will come... from your lips.

Teri said...

It's already here in the Sierra Foothills. Birds everywhere, blossoms on trees, glorious! Come visit!

drybottomgirl said...

feeling as rotten as I do this was the medicine I needed, I'm going to close my eyes and dream of spring...

The Bug said...

Will it really? Oh I hope so!

Lovely poem!

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Hi! Brian...
I have to agree with some Of your previous commenter...This is a call letting us know that spring will come.
This poem is very well-written...Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Eva Gallant said...

I'm looking out my window and I don't see any of those birds you're talking about building nests! All I see is snow, darn it all!

Pastor Sharon said...

Who wrote: "I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree?" Ah . . . yes. . . Joyce Kilmer. . . I had to google it.

Anywho, you catch the essence of that beauty in this poem, Brian. It is truly beautiful.

Christina said...

I love this one. Yes, Spring will come.

BTW... can I get an ETA on that?

;-)

happygirl said...

LOVE feeling the poem and longing for spring. I know you are, I know you are.

mama-face said...

Ah I love this. :)

HisFireFly said...

Beautiful! And I'm trusting those last lines are true - Sping WILL come.

She Writes said...

:)!!!

Hilary said...

I often wonder what a tree might thing.. now I know. :)

TALON said...

I love trees...and I love this!

Lori said...

Such sweet words to my ears..I am hoping you are right...hope you and yours are having a spectacular weekend. :)

Magpie said...

What a wonderful thought...the tree inviting the bird.

Caty said...

yes it will come; it's just not coming fast enough for me...

BeautifulWreck said...

God, I hope so. This is like a prayer. Beautiful.

Mona said...

What a beautiful imagery, of a kind open loving homing heart!

And we know you have one! :)

ladyfi said...

Wonderfully hopeful and sweet!

Susan Deborah said...

When did you become like Attenborough? Brian Attenborough! Sounds good. Have your read "The secret life of Plants" by David Attenborough?

Joy always,
Susan

Bernie said...

I love trees, knowing how long they have been here and knowing they will be here after I am gone is comforting.........:-)Hugs

Zuzana said...

You know my sentiments about trees and spring, thus I loved this.;)
The change of seasons is imminent dear friend.;)
Have a great Sunday,
xoxo

Cinner said...

Beautiful, spring can not come soon enough. take care . smiles.

Valerie said...

A perfect piece to read as I watch the bluetits dart in and out of the nesting box ... so eagerly I await a sight of the fledglings.

Alan Burnett said...

Yes : and then it's bloody Autumn again, then winter. What is the point of it all Brian?

sheila said...

I'm eagerly awaiting spring this year... it's been so damn cold!

TechnoBabe said...

This gives hope to us all. I do so hope we see baby birds here at the new little hippie house.

the walking man said...

Hopefully that isn't a Starlings nest there Mr. tree. But whatever as long as the warmer weather comes.

Heather said...

oh spring, wonderful spring! You know there are tiny buds on my lilac tree outside my window, already. i have heard a few faint tweets this weekend...this one makes me happy, brian. enjoy your sunday! xoo

Lorraine said...

say it sing it, it will come :)

Pauline said...

birds sing beauty - so do you!

Jill said...

HURRAY for SPRING!

BRING. IT. ON!!!!!!!

PattiKen said...

Oh, I really hope so. The view out the window looks like the frozen tundra.

trisha said...

this is a beautiful treat brian. a beautiful tribute to trees- i adore them.

have a beautiful sunday.
trisha

Brian Miller said...

we are all trees, arent we...some bark a bit rougher, life coursing underneath...some letting it live in their branches...spring, spring, spring....

Deborah said...

Just wonderful!

Myrna R. said...

Your words connect me with nature. I love the image of the tree's chest, the mother's waiting for birth and Spring arriving. It makes me happy to think of these things.

tulpen said...

killing me with this.

Mmm said...

Spring will surely come and the birds will sing even more merry and less hungrily too. :)

Lovely little poem here, Brina. Simple and springy sounding even.

AngelMay said...

Ahhhhh! I can't wait for spring this year. Enough with the cold! Love the birds and butterflies and summer breezes!

... Paige said...

wonderful!

Mama Zen said...

Promise?

budh.aaah said...

Heartwarming..beautiful. Makes one wonder at finding the depth of such tenderness

Alice Audrey said...

This is a fun one. Makes me eager to shed all this snow.

Jen said...

Spring can't get here soon enough for me.

Goofball said...

how joyful! Woooooohoooooo spring will come

Madame DeFarge said...

Preparations for spring are well advanced and you remind us of the life that's waiting in the wings.

Syd said...

Signs are showing up here.

secret agent woman said...

I can't decide about how I feel about that image, but I'm with you on the hope for Spring.

Kavita said...

awww..what a sweet sweet way to announce the approach of Spring, Brian!! Now I know why you are such an amazing writer/poet!!

Sue said...

My favorite words:

"i invite birds to nest
in my chest, tucking twigs
between ribs."

=)

California Girl said...

another terrific piece and this one has such rhythm!

you are so talented. when is that book coming out? are you signing autographs? can we order from you (w/ an autograph)?

Happy V Day!

izzy said...

Well that's a good one! I like the twigs between the ribs- Thanks.

formerlyonlyamovie said...

Love this. Hope you are well!

Marla said...

I like this. It's how I see trees also.