Thursday, April 19, 2012

Song


Ella's prompt today at the Thursday Think Tank is to write a poem based on a quote that we like. I have collected quotes for decades, and one of my favorites is "A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song." Online sources attribute this quote to Maya Angelou, as well as listing it as  an old Chinese proverb.  I dont know which is correct. 


Sometimes
the body
is not large enough
to contain
the joy of
being alive -

and then,
they call it
Song.

18 comments:

  1. Sherry,

    I immediately thought of a large choral group singing its heart out with great vigour...Perhaps The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The feeling when they sing is so powerful.
    I love your choice of quote for the prompt.
    Also love your Life of a Poet Interviews. Very worthwhile:)
    Hope all is good. Eileen

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  2. "and then they call it song"
    Wow, Sherry, I think you hit on it. Good work.
    K

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  3. Very well done Sherry. I like your quote ~

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  4. Oh, that's just so true! Lovely Sherry!

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  5. WOW- this says so much in so few words. You know I love listening to birds and that quote has always been one of my favorites.

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  6. Your quote is beautiful, and your poem is moreso! I feel uplifted by your words, Sherry.

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  7. Amazing quote and you captured the essence so beautifully~
    Well Done! I now want to hear birds sing~

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  8. That is one of my favourite quotes too, Sherry - and your poem is perfect!

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  9. Your poem/song is the new quote to be sung.

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  10. Such Brevity; so much power, and so much love Sherry! I loved this piece.

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  11. Oh this is pure poetry at its finest.
    What a lovely quote and prose to match it Sherry. Awesome!

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  12. It seems it works both ways, joy and sorrow. I like what you did very much.

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  13. Great quote and concept for this piece, hits all the right notes ;^)

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  14. Oh, outstanding, Sherry! I love this!

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  15. This poem is perfect. I love it!

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  16. You have said all that need be said Sherry....this is completely beautiful!!

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