Friday, May 14, 2010

Blue Birds



BLUE BIRDS
(From the Willow Pattern)

The story behind the famous scene is far too complicated
For a simple little verse to make quite clear.
Suffice to say two lovers were star-crossed, and never mated,
And they've been birds forever since, I fear.
On a hundred thousand teapots they have fluttered in the sky!
On saucers plates and vases they have soared.
Their wings have touched each others as in flight they've fluttered by,
Not united but close by the one adored.
And below we see a copy on a little modern tile,
Representing that great love that came to nought.
And we look at those two soaring birds and give a little smile
Giving unrequited love a passing thought.
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KARMA
(An Acrostic)

Knowledge of ourselves is vital, so the Buddhists say,
And we create our heaven and hell during every single day.
Regret is useless since our lives are just our own creation.
Misery is brought about by our manipulation.
All that comes about is caused by faults in our own past.
In other words 'Be Good' and you will get to Heaven at last
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26 comments:

Everyday Goddess said...

i'm glad to know the story behind that icon pattern.
and i love the acrostic too!

lakeviewer said...

A dark story, indeed. Interesting and convoluted.

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

The Willow pattern was my mother's place service! I have one as a souvenier, (Johnson & Johnson). I never new that it was the birds that were of interest!

Catalyst said...

Nicely done.

Chhaya said...

star-crossed lovers and their immortal tale... such beauty hidden in the darkness ... and the darkness hidden in the beauty of this plate...

and your acrostic on Karma was so nice. Do you know, Karma is a Sanskrit word , originated from India (my country). Almost whole of the Hindu religion (the primary religion on India) is based on the Principle of Karma. We blv that even if you think bad for someone, it always comes back to bite us.

Buddhism took this concept and made it more known throughout the world... If only more ppl blvd in it. Karma puts our duty (the literal meaning of Karma is - do your duty) to humanity before any thing else...

there would be more peace in the world.

PS: i m sorry if i bored you with my long comment.. its just that your words made me think :)

PS2: Following ur blog :)

Inay said...

yup...i understand...

their serene figure and perfect shape...is fashionable for wares and the likes....

God bless you....

You amazed me

Tammy said...

I felt emerged in the plate. Beautiful!

Nes said...

Very interesting and beautiful. Loved it!

little hat said...

A beautiful capturing of the story and its meaning. Thanks.

willow said...

On a hundred thousand teapots! Lovely piece.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

I enjoy your good photos, clever rhymes, and positive outlook. Thank you ma'am.

Monkey Man said...

lovely poem on the willow pattern blue birds. The tile is a great touch. Thank you for stopping by to visit my site. I always like to return the favor...Karma.

~T~ said...

Your "simple little verse" is just right! Lovely.

Yemalla said...

Excellent! This is one of the best pieces of poetry I've read in a while. You're use of the language is to be commended. Very, very well done.

Brian Miller said...

really a beautiful magpie...immortalized forever in your words, like porcelin...

Lynn Hamilton Rutherford said...

I loved this!!! It reads like a little song!!! How completely sweet and the little birds on the Blue Willow finally have their story!!1

christine said...

Bitter sweet writing, the two lovers forever together but never touching. I love your interpretation of the story.
Christine

Lisa said...

oh, the story behind the story assignment. :)

Suz said...

I really enjoyed this when I read it out loud...
Nice take on the plate

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, yes! And the Karma acoustic is just right.

joanny said...

Beautifully written beautifully said, nice take on the magpie tale,

Joanny

Lyn said...

The Karma acrostic tells it all..poor lovers, still trying to attach..when all is as one anyway...thank you...

Aoife.Troxel said...

I loved the rhyming.
Representing that great love that came to nought.
And we look at those two soaring birds and give a little smile
Giving unrequited love a passing thought.

Really liked these lines. The tile is awfully pretty. I want it!

Jingle said...

what flying magpie,
very cool talents!

Angie Muresan said...

I do love the story within the story, and your rhyming makes it incredible to read out loud.

ravenswingpoetry.com said...

Now I'm kind of intrigued to read more about the story behind the birds. You executed rhyme pretty well, it was subtle, and I didn't really notice it until later in the poem.

-Nicole