Daily Create, Writeout, October Doodle, and Poetry
Lately on our walks we’ve noticed the silence — the lack of birdsong in the park and near the lake, where once the air was filled with their song. We’ve notice less and less with each passing season, and it worries us that the birds are lost, gone. Today’s poem reminds us of this.
We’ve noticedSHERI EDWARDS
in our hiking
now with silence-
Gone the blackbirds
from the tules.
So the lovely Audubon Birdsong Project is an important one– saving the songs and the words and music about our flying friends. For the Daily Create [ #clmooc #DS106 @ds106dc #tdc3925 #writeout #warmup4art #octoberdoodle ] we were to listen to and create from one of the songs. I chose Birdsong Vol V Track 3–St Kevin and the Blackbird by Seamus Heaney and Read by… Liam Neeson. St Kevin is often depicted with a blackbird in his hand, so that’s the picture I illustrated.
For information on red-winged blackbirds, see the Audubon field guide.
I don’t have a Spotify account so I couldn’t listen to the entire recording. I did, however, find the legend: St Kevin and the Blackbird. I also found the poem, Seamus Heaney’s interpretation of the story and his reading, plus here: Poetry By Heart with a reflection on the poem. I love this video of Seamus Heaney reading the poem, because he stops in a mistake in elocution and re-reads– something we all do, from time to time.
And, of course, I must share prior recordings of our own blackbirds on Banks Lake.
Red Winged Blackbirds on Banks Lake
Banks Lake Quiet
I’ve written many poems over the years about the blackbirds; find them here. And a little index of a few of them:
- A Haibun Haiku of blackbirds in the tules. About tules: Wenatchee World; Wikipedia
- Audience of Cattails — haiku
- Our garden and a Joseph Addison Quote
- Saving Languages
- Searching for Sandhill Cranes
- Beatles: Blackbird and Civil Rights
- Turn Around
- Morning— and Cat Stevens Morning Has Broken
- Blackbirds Fly
And– the wonderful songs by artists:
Yusuf / Cat Stevens: Morning Has Broken
Paul McCartney Blackbird
This post is part of the October WRITEOUT adventure of the National Writing Project and the National Park Service — a STEAM-powered Write Out 2022. Organized as a public invitation to get out and create, supported by a series of free online activities, Write Out invites educators, students, and families to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. Learn more and sign up: https://writeout.nwp.org