Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Winged Haiku

I had posted this only to Poets United, but as it seems perfect for the Haiku Heights prompt of March 13th, I'm adding the link below. Do stop by to read other poems about wings...
http://haiku-heights.blogspot.com/
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When I saw that the Poets United Think Tank prompt was ‘wings’, I immediately thought of Richard Bach, author of ‘Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.’ As a young wife and mother in the nineteen-seventies, I embraced his reworking of words which have with time become clichéd:
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‘If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were."Because it touched me deeply at the time, I offer my own interpretation of the quote...
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I would wish you wings
with which to soar the world…and
bring you home to me.
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I'm linking this post to Poets United Thursday Think Tank prompt. For more poems about wings, do click on the link below...
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http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2010/11/thursday-think-tank-24-wings.html#more
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I live close to the sea on the west coast of Canada and spend a lot of time watching seagulls. The photos above were taken at nearby Steveston and White Rock. My elusive quest for the quintessential shot of a bird in flight is ongoing!
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21 comments:

paulandrewrussell said...

Lovely words, Lynette, and beautiful images. I especially love the bottom one, the way the light reflects off the water. The colours are wonderful.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So beautiful. You reminded me of how that book litrally changed my life. I was an ocean person who didnt know I was an ocean person until I saw that movie and read that book..........then I knew it for certain. I collected ceramic seagulls, my home was full of them inland. Until I moved to the ocean and didnt need them any longer. I remember walking, one gray and lowering afternoon, along the beach at Combers, not another soul in sight, and how as a seagull flew low past me, I told myself "I feel like I'm inside the Jonathan Livingston Seagull movie". It was a lovely moment. Thanks for reminding me. You write such beautiful haiku and take such wonderful photos. What a treat this post was!

Old Ollie said...

Love haiku - well done.

Eric Alder said...

Nice job re-working that adage into haiku form.

flaubert said...

Nice interpretation. Lovely haiku!
Pamela

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautiful!

Kay L. Davies said...

Very, very well put, Lynette, and I love your seagull photos. The first one seems to be a young gull - I seem to see a dappled look about it.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Carrie Burtt said...

I remember reading the book when i was a child...i loved it! This is a gorgious post Lynette!

adrielleroyale said...

Beautiful - both the pictures, and your interpretation :)

The Square Corner said...

Yeah, that make sense. Nicely done. Will read more of your works

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...

Hello Lynette,
Your beautiful Haiku has captured all that needs to be said. The context of which you are writing is all there.
Beautiful,

Have a great weekend,
Eileen :)

gospelwriter said...

I guess it's what we always do wish - that the wings would bring them home to us. Love your haiku and photos - the second pic in particular is gorgeous.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

To be honest I lie yours better, much more poetic and colorful. Beautiful photos to accompany your words.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Lynette, that second photo makes my heart sing... the light rolling on the water is exquisite. A perfect illustration for your words. I agree, they are much more touching than the quote that inspired them.

Simply beautiful.

shanegenziuk said...

The images suit the words perfectly.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful Lynette! And I remember too how that book touched me (way back when ;>).. and I'm sort of ashamed to know that I later laughed as those words became so cliched.

I love your interpretation.

kaykuala said...

Lynette, catching a sea gull in flight is quite a feat. Your photo images especially the contrast of light and colour of the sea water surface is fantastic.

Jingle said...

beautiful wishes.
love your Haiku.

Rajlakshmi said...

that is sooo beautifullll ... wings to fly away and wings to return back all in the same write... lovely

Neeraja said...

Wow!!! I loved it. This is something I believe in very much, and you've made it so much more beautiful. It felt amazing to read this. Literally gave me goosebumps. I loved it. Keep writing.

http://poetofthemind.blogspot.com

Vinay said...

Speaks a lot in 3 lines, Lynette! :) Admirable wordplay.. good to see u back at HH.. :D