Judith Wright

(1915 - 2000 / New South Wales / Australia)

Lyrebirds


Over the west side of the mountain,
that’s lyrebird country.
I could go down there, they say, in the early morning,
and I’d see them, I’d hear them.

Ten years, and I have never gone.
I’ll never go.
I’ll never see the lyrebirds -
the few, the shy, the fabulous,
the dying poets.

I should see them, if I lay there in the dew:
first a single movement
like a waterdrop falling, then stillness,
then a brown head, brown eyes,
a splendid bird, bearing
like a crest the symbol of his art,
the high symmetrical shape of the perfect lyre.
I should hear that master practising his art.

No, I have never gone.
Some things ought to be left secret, alone;
some things – birds like walking fables –
ought to inhabit nowhere but the reverence of the
heart.

Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Lyrebirds by Judith Wright )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. If, Rudyard Kipling
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. To an Athlete Dying Young, Alfred Edward Housman
  6. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  7. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Death is Nothing at All, Henry Scott Holland
  10. Alone, Maya Angelou

Poem of the Day

poet Alfred Edward Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Get Dirty, Buddy Bee Anthony
  2. I Never, Sergi Dutronc
  3. Love for everyone, Andy Sayasone
  4. Storage Unit Auction, Saiom Shriver
  5. Space Framed Beauty, Saiom Shriver
  6. Unhealthy Love, Sergi Dutronc
  7. Miracle Making, Saiom Shriver
  8. Purpose, Passion, Faith & Love, Tom Zart
  9. Death Or Life, Saiom Shriver
  10. Discovery, Phil Soar
[Hata Bildir]