Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Firebird Suite


The shadows of blades
for feathers, a bird
swoops with blue thunder,
borne on a wind of violence;
accelerates,
surrounds,
captures,
fills,
transforms;
born into a fire of violence,
then separates
into burning tongues;
speaks.


This poem is submitted to One Shot Wednesday hosted by One Stop Poetry. To see more submitted poems, please visit the site. The links will be live at 4 p.m. Central time today.

Photograph: Fire by Jaroslav Pavlov via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

18 comments:

Maureen said...

Wonderful story for a poem. Lines 5-9 seem to evoke the musical composition's five movements.

I don't know how many times I've listened to Stravinsky's wonderful "Firebird" and seen the ballet; both are favorites.

The Pittsburgh Symphony site has a brief but lovely presentation of the story in music + animation, plus some extra extracts of combined tracks.
http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/firebird/story/s1.html

Pat Hatt said...

Wow you created great imagery with each line, exploding the fire into the readers mind, nice.

Anthony Desmond said...

a grand image you've created.. very much enjoyed!

Brian Miller said...

that all may hear the true story behind it...very nice imagery glynn...

brenda w said...

I love the idea of speaking tongues coming from the images you paint. Dark, interesting, and powerful.

LauraX said...

beautiful flow Glynn...as graceful as a dancing flame.

Beachanny said...

Almost nothing skates like Firebird Suite. My son used excerpts for his Novice program. I've cut many versions and seen it skated many more. But your poem brings the fire I wish the skaters could speak with their blades. Thanks. Gay

ayala said...

Beautiful flow,Glynn!

CM said...

Such a visual poem. Very intriguing.

nance marie said...

i see the bird flying over on the left
wings of fire

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful imagery and a great sense of rushing movement.

Ann Grenier said...

Such expression of power. Wonderful imagery, Glynn.

Apryl Gonzales said...

What a beautiful pairing of art and faith, and the beauty beneath speaking truth. Wonderful Write :)

S. Etole said...

it reminds me of Pentecost in a sense ...

Connie@raise your eyes said...

And this--"then separates
into burning tongues;
speaks."...wondrous...and image perfect with Pavlov's photo.

John (@bookdreamer) said...

a verbal engagement with the music

signed...bkm said...

Oh Wonderful Glynn, I love the tongues that burn to speak....great image of the need to express....bkm

Joseph Hesch said...

Love the language, Glynn. The "borne/born" connection and the blue thunder/tongues of fire images have hooked me into this piece. Terrific.