An Old Friend of Sorts

It’s the busy season for teachers, isn’t it?  As May gets underway, we’re preparing for the end-of-the-year everything: Report cards, parties, assessments, lessons, sanity savers…the list goes on.  In the busy-ness of things, it’s nice to have a moment of calm pop up every once in a while.

I oftentimes start my mornings in our school car-rider line, helping direct traffic and keep kids safe.  One of the bright spots of the spring (and there are many) is the first red-winged blackbird of the year.  They usually show up around late March, and I love it when I hear one sing his song to me after the months of absence.  I listened to one just this morning, and it inspired me to bring out this poem to go with my short introduction.

Red-winged Blackbird

It’s like seeing an old friend

Across a crowded room
Across a field at woods’ edge

You know his voice
before you recognize his face
You know his voice
before you see him, just a glance

His carriage, familiar in a subconscious way
His tipped head, bringing a smile to your face

Remembering the walks, the talks, the dialog
Knowing this time you’re only there to listen

A moment shared before good byes
A brief time, ending in a flash

of red. Until next time, old friend

6 thoughts on “An Old Friend of Sorts”

    1. It really is one of my favorite events. I love hearing songs that I haven’t heard in months as birds move into the area. Thank you for your comments!

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  1. I always feel a stir of excitement when I hear its name– red-winged blackbird. I remember watching for them when I was a kid. They ranked right up there with the robins. But I liked their name better, much more colorful, almost mysterious. Thanks for stirring old memories. Nice poem!

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    1. The name really is something, isn’t it? I’m tickled to hear you say that they seem mysterious–I feel the same way, but I can’t put “why” into words. Thank you for reading and your comments!

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