July 26, 2010

by Barbara Young

the blackbird said
it was dark inside
and smelled of fire and lard
too tightly packed to move
they pretended it was night
inside the casket of crust
the knife that freed them passed
between two feathers of his wing
and damaged one barb
there was noise then
brightness and confusion
I asked him did you sing
we escaped, he said
we did not sing

Download the podcast

Barbara Young was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1947. She writes, “I wrote poetry in high school and college, but quit because I had nothing to say. Tried writing a novel in a month. But did not finish. Five times. Which must make me an optimist, if one with a short attention span. Last April I tried a poem-a-day challenge, and decided that having nothing to say can be liberating.”

Categories: New Classics Tags:
  1. July 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I sure do like the way you say nothing.

  2. Hannah Gosselin
    July 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Barbara! It’s great to hear your poetry in your voice. I enjoyed the perspective of the blackbird, fun idea. Especially enjoyed the alliteration with the line “they pretended it was night inside the casket of crust.” Happy day to you! :)

  3. Donna Vorreyer
    July 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Barbara – This is wonderful. And, like Hannah, I loved hearing you read it.

  4. July 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Loved the poem, Barbara. Everything has a point of view!

  5. Heather Reid
    July 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I absolutely love this poem. Glad you’ve continued writing.

  6. Rita Waggoner
    July 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I keep this poem in my notebook so I can reread it whenever I want. I love it.

  7. July 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I’m laughing because the poor bird did not sing!

  8. July 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Great take on this nursey rhyme. Poor thing!

  9. July 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Loved the perspective on this one, Barb. He probably was just too elated at being free to find his song – whew! that was a close one.

    – Dina

  10. Irene
    August 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

    You’re such a wonderful reader Barbara!

  11. December 9, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations on the nomination! This is a wonderful piece.

  12. March 11, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Barbara, This piece is incredible! You create intimacy with a blackbird, that brings me to a second, third, etc read. Congratulations for your nomination!

  1. July 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  2. December 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm
  3. May 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm
  4. September 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm
  5. January 12, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Comments are closed.
%d bloggers like this: