Kelly Kurt

Gold Star - 201,439 Points (1/14/1958 / Cedar Rapids Iowa)

Cardinal - Poem by Kelly Kurt

April had yet to put on its variegated pageant
Grass still bronzed and shrubs not yet stirring
Flashing tail all that gives squirrel away
In this landscape of monotone drab
Sapphire skies fanned soothing breezes
But carried no flowered fragrance
Midday sun embraced my winter paled skin

As I melted into the silence
A penetrating staccato song from on high
Requested my immediate attention
Like a forgotten ornament of Christmas past
On the uppermost bough of a bare crabapple tree
Brilliant scarlet and magnificent
A cardinal courted me

Topic(s) of this poem: april, bird, hope, life, love, memory, nature, spring

Comments about Cardinal by Kelly Kurt

  • Susan Williams (2/11/2016 12:12:00 AM)

    oh, this charmed me. the scenery was word-painted just right but oh that last line was absolute perfection (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (2/11/2016 1:43:00 AM)

    Thank you, Susan. I love nature, and the first stirrings of spring always inspire me in many ways

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  • Bri Edwards (4/7/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    ok............ to MyPoemList. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (4/7/2015 1:25:00 PM)

    The pope should keep his Cardinals in check,
    before one of them foolishly breaks he neck!

    i miss cardinals out here in california, after spending most of my life in new york state. but most any bird suffices when i wish to 'commune' with nature. chicken is particularly welcome at supper time. [i wonder if the cardinals miss ME! ]

    thanks for taking me back to new york for a moment. bri :)

    p.s. great flow to your poem.
    favorite lines:
    Brilliant scarlet and magnificent
    A cardinal courted me .............................let me know if a June wedding is at hand.
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    Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 2:21:00 PM)

    If I see an arch-bishop in a tree, I will write the Pope. Chicken, , , mmmm: -) I am a born again bachelor for life but I do have affairs with cardinals

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (4/5/2015 10:04:00 PM)

    A cardinal appearing on the scene to remove the drabness of mid-day. Beautiful contrast. (Report) Reply

    Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 11:51:00 PM)

    It was nearly a religious experience. Not ashamed to say that my eyes watered. Thank you Madathil

  • (4/5/2015 5:05:00 PM)

    What an extraordinarily beautiful and exact portrait of April
    Your images and colors shine.
    Unforgettable, a favorite
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    Kelly Kurt (4/5/2015 7:28:00 PM)

    I went outside today and wrote exactly what I saw.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, April 5, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, April 20, 2015

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