parallel community

15 Nov

parallel community

brown flits across path
hedge sparrow on an errand
black-capped chickadee
flips pine-tree acrobatics
instant later disappears

starlings group frantic
lift and land in unison
as if organized
by a choreographer
while I stay on the outside

living parallel
to seagulls, robins, flickers
watch them from below
I’m nonentity in their
rarified community

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly


This is poem is written and presented for the Tweetspeak prompt “Look Up, (and Don’t Blush)” which challenges: “Could you find a poem by looking up? If so, post your link on our Facebook Wall by Wednesday, November 16th, for links and possible feature here, at The High Calling, or at Every Day Poems.


Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Nature, Tanka


4 responses to “parallel community

  1. Maureen

    November 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Well-written poem, Violet. I especially like “living parallel/to seagulls”.


  2. Monica Sharman

    November 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

    This is reeeeeally nice. Can’t say why, but the “I’m nonentity” part is what I like best!


  3. Sandra Heska King

    November 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Love the photo, Violet. And the part about staying on the outside and living parallel–watching from below. I like that. Nice.


  4. Cindee Snider Re

    November 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I love this! These words were sheer joy to read tonight. Thank you. 🙂



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