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A sound borne on a gentle breeze,
The light appearing slowly.
Charming boughs upon the trees,
My ears receive it lowly.
Oh mourning doves, you lovely birds
You coo your threnody
Without the need for stymied words
Within your melody.
Sing softly now your avian dirge
Cry woe upon the world.
In dawn’s new light, your dolor purge
With downy wings unfurled.
My solitude their presence breaks,
Their song is mine alone.
And from my heart all rue it takes,
Absolving skin and bone.
A soul once laden, a heavy mind
Released within a spate.
No need to keen for all mankind,
No need to contemplate.
These martyr birds acquit my heart,
Their murmur faint but charming.
And through their carol they impart
A peace that’s most disarming.
Creeping now, I aim to try
An interspecies greeting.
But song is spent and off they fly
Our kinship broad yet fleeting.
Farewell, my doves, until I meet
Again your tender sorrow.
I’ll keep your message soft and sweet
Until we greet the morrow.

© 2012, Rebecca Ash. All rights reserved.

Rebecca Ash (8 Posts)

Rebecca Ash is a freelance writer and poet. Her love affair with poetry began early, thanks to an overzealous English teacher who introduced her to the likes of Dickinson, Poe, Angelou, Frost, Whitman and Browning. She favors free verse, quatrain, lyric and pastoral though dabbles in many other forms of the art.


4 Comments

  1. SavageLettuce,

    Let Us rejoice to read this poem! Anyone who can cogently use threnody in prose or poetry has got to have and wield exceptional gifts.

    The further I read into this poem, the more I exulted in your virtuosity.

    This set of lines almost knocked me out.

    “My solitude their presence breaks,
    Their song is mine alone.
    And from my heart all rue it takes,
    Absolving skin and bone.
    A soul once laden, a heavy mind
    Released within a spate.
    No need to keen for all mankind,
    No need to contemplate.
    These martyr birds acquit my heart,”

    Bravo, BRAVO!

    Loved it!

    Larry

  2. Rebecca Ash (Author)

    Oh my….this warms my heart, Larry! Thank you for your kind words. Comments on my poetry is especially thrilling for me, since not only is the art form so undervalued today but it is also the writing closest to me, personally. Looking forward to discovering your work, too!!! :)

  3. Rebecca, this is absolutely beautiful. You are a born poet! Your phrasing, imagery…everything about your style is pure class.

  4. What a delicious poem. I enjoyed hearing you read it, too. You have so many gifts!

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