The Sainted Bluebells

—Although this is an older poem, written 2003 in Nelson, BC, I thought it appropriate as we emerge from a long, cold winter into the first inklings of sun-stoked spring

This is the hour

the sky opens her mothering face,

pale shoots yawn and stretch

awake, and no black spirit

fouls any feathered nest.


The chickadee sings

his simple chant—Spring’s here,

Spring’s here! and bluebells

announce their sainthood

in quiet flocks.


Crow watches me

with one eye on her nestlings,

done for now with prophecy

and eager to feed hungry mouths

hard-won wisdom.


This tribulation too,

shall pass. That winged voices

still whistle their healing songs

is blessing enough,

for today.

—excerpted from The Charlatans of Paradise, New Orphic Publishers, 2005

About seanarthurjoyce

I am a poet, journalist and author with a strong commitment to the environment and social justice. If anything, I have too many interests and too little time in a day to pursue them all. Film, poetry, literature, music, mythology, and history probably top the list. My musical interests lie firmly in rock and blues with a smattering of folk and world music. I consider myself lucky to have lived during the great flowering of modern rock music during its Golden Age in the late 1960s/early '70s. In poetry my major inspirations are Dylan Thomas, Rilke, Neruda and the early 20th century British/American poets: Auden, Eliot, Cummings. My preferred cinema includes the great French auteurs, Kirosawa, Orson Welles, and Film Noir. My preferred social causes are too numerous to mention but include banning GMOs, eliminating poverty (ha-ha), and a sane approach to forest conservation and resource extraction. Wish me—wish us all—luck on that one!
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