Wednesday, October 26, 2011


i heard his voice all summer
but saw him
first today
 i used to have returning cardinals
year after year 
fought their reflections
in my studio window
 each spring
from a lilac perch
how much better to have
a shock of brilliant 
on another sick morning
red red in the wild blue grapes


Anonymous said...

get well soon.

sickness is for the birds

iNd!@nA said...


leFiligree said...

i like the pic of the cardinal: its dreary and cheery at once!

Anonymous said...

wild and wonderful. hope the honey and ginger is working.

Hoola Tallulah said...

So beautiful, we don't get these in the UK, most all our birdies are brown, aside from the occasional blue tit, how lovely to see a shock of red on a cold and otherwise grey day.

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi Velma - I hope you are on the mend and not feeling so wretched. That is a stunning bird and I love it against the soft blue grey of the grape. A very special moment. We saw a wallaby in our back yard yesterday - stopped us in our tracks!

Velma said...

hey, all-i made it to work today and didn't keel over. the cardinal was a portent, indeed. now, if i saw a wallaby...

Barry said...

V-stunning blurred grainy photos - makes the flash of red against the brambles and grapes mysterious. Thanks for sharing. Be well. B

Velma said...

b, getting better, finally!

neki desu said...

beautiful images.hope you're feeling better today.

Velma said...

a bit, neki, a bit

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