A Walk In Early April

Against the sun-wall of air
the birds disguise themselves
as their own shadows,
before settling invisibly among the leaves.
A medley of songs pours from the tree screen.
Was that blink of blue a blue-jay?
That flash of red a cardinal?
Nothing lasts long enough
in April to be certain.

Green claims the landscape, but gray
bark still covers a leafless tree: Is it dead,
or a late bloomer? The tiny leaves
of a willow press its branches
down toward the pond's surface.
Will heavier leaves soon
dip those branches into the water?
Or will they hover like Tantalus's lips
just above the pond all summer long?

A black dog parallels my steps,
barking fiercely and lunging at me,
but she does not cross the lawn's edge.
Her bite is certainly worse than her bark,
but I have no fear. When I fan
my fingers into a wave good-bye, she hops
in a circle, no longer barking or lunging.
Disarmed by my quiet lack of threat,
she slips back into her proper role as pet.

by Daniel Brick

Comments (49)

Fascinating poem admiring spring as if a jungle. Everywhere is a vibrant activity- colors which surface strike the poet as various kinds of birds, while trees take on a kind of suspense in their relationship with the pond- hovering, touching. I experience a jungle in which a dog becomes a kind of mundane withdrawal back to reality. Excellent poem.
Even our beloved poet Wordsworth would have felt jealous about the great and beautiful poem you could write, let alone people like me who often try to succeed in such attempts. A heartfelt thanks and congratulations for the poem being picked up a member POTD. 10+++++++
Tree screens pour beautiful and interesting song before birds and birds too sing with eagerness. Shadows of them before settling invisibly among the leaves., whisper to setting sun to rest. A great and powerful imagery is drawn in this poem. A writer of autumn poems is definitely an excellent writer of spring poem. This poem is rich in thought and expression and excellently written motivational poem. Congratulations! Dull vote for you i.e...10
Daniel, for a first ever spring poem, this is most definitely a winner! A Hearty Congratulations on a much-deserved Poem Of The Day! ! !
Congrats my friend, what starts out as descriptive changes with questions demanding our attention! ! And what a grand conclusion! ! !
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