Birds Of Paradise Poem by Nika McGuin

Birds Of Paradise

Rating: 4.1

near a hidden nest
acrobatic birds are propped airily
on the mortar of brick walls
perfectly unaware of their talent
and as quickly as they are scoped
they've vanished
into the trees,
the hidden nests,
an unseen shangri-la
living hidden lives
singing with hidden meaning

Friday, March 14, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: birds
Inspired by actually seeing a bird propped on a brick wall.
Daniel Brick 23 March 2014

Marvelous, simply marvelous! My Mom had a painting of a Bird of Paradise, a long-ago gift from a friend. It hung on a hallway wall in all of our houses. She knew I loved it and eventually gave it to me. It's hanging right now in my library where I do my reading and writing. I'm going to copy your poem and put it next to the painting. Poem and painting speak to each other and they BOTH speak to me.

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Rob Lamberton 27 December 2022

"perfectly unaware of their talent"… like it! !

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Dr Dillip K Swain 29 May 2022

A wonderful poem Nika, beautifully expressed. I love this fabulous poem. Top score!

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Tom Billsborough 15 June 2016

i've only just come across via the Editor facility. One of your poems there really impressed me so I thought it might be a good idea to look you up. glad I did. This is a beautiful image with deep layers of meaning. some birds make over 30 separate sounds in the time we say one word. How complex their music. Tom Billsborough

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Bri Edwards 02 August 2014

i'm sure some humans could be described in a similar way. sometimes i wonder about my neighbors, whom i rarely, if ever see, though they live so close by. i wonder what they do in their homes and away. are they 'good' or 'bad', 'happy' or 'sad'? hmmmmm? and what do most of them know about me, the old man wandering around town with the big sunhat? yes, birds of paradise. is their existence a paradise-existence, or do they strive and suffer at times to survive? they DO please some human eyes! their feathers have also been used to adorn women's hats in the u.s. and 'natives' ' headdresses in New Guinea [not to be confused with Nika McGuin]. and what ARE they singing? ? folk songs, hip-hop, classical? wonders of nature. i love birds, and i love the poem. it is SO smooth! thanks for sharing. to MyPoemList it goessssssssss. bri :)

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Chris G. Vaillancourt 12 May 2014

Lovely poem. Nicely done................

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