Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Which Bird?

Look now, there in the garden!

Tell me what you see.

Is that the Blue Bird of Happiness,

Or just a gray bird of regret?

No matter either way,

Don't be concerned.

For no bird alights for long...

Gone on the next breeze!

We all know these birds. We see them in the garden of our mind, coming and going without end. No need to try to catch one, you're bound to see it again soon enough, with any luck at all. Find a comfortable spot to sit and simply watch them come and go, you'll find a great peace settling about you.
Now, that's a rare bird!

This saucy Scrub Jay is just like the one's who daily great me as I leave the house every morning. The above image was created by Sherlocdonatello.
You'll find it at: http: //www.zazzle.com/sherlockdonatello


Barry said...

All these birds - of regret, happiness, hunger, laughter, and death - bring such incredible beauty into the world.

Bill said...

In 97 I performed in a play written and directed by Naoko Maeshiba http://naokibi.wordpress.com based on Maeterlinck's Blue Bird of Happiness. This poem brings up the memories, and the grey does too. The play dealt with what your poem expresses. In one part I was a Zen monk, carrying a rock back and forth. Some of the audience was thrown back by the monk, don't know why, either because they were Christians or because of fear that all religions "legislate morality" as Shelly puts it. Maybe they were just perplexed. I was just doing kinhin as I learned it through many years at Mount Baldy. Thanks for your poems! They are important because they are genuine...(Moore)

David Clark said...

I thank you both for winging your way to this humble branch, and thank you for your comments!