Mockingbird Sings



Mockingbird sings,

brings sunshine

in his song,

all his longing

brightly calling


swinging my heart along,


and through his trills,

he fills the night

with vibrant light–

stilling the storm–

to wing it

softly out of sight.


This is for dVerse Open Link Night, where Mish is hosting. For the last two days, we’ve had severe thunderstorm alerts and tornado warnings. Fortunately, we did not get anything too awful here, but it makes me anxious. Last night, after the storms had cleared-out, I opened the bedroom window a bit and heard a mockingbird singing. It made me happy–then I heard it again today. There are things on my mind, and we’re under a severe thunderstorm warning again, but right now, the birds are singing.


40 thoughts on “Mockingbird Sings

  1. Birdsong during the lull between storms is always cheering and bright. Think of a world without birds or bees; shiver.

  2. I have a resident mockingbird this year too. Always a bright spot in the sound of the day.
    These storms are anxiety-producing. At least we’ve escaped tornados and hail so far. (K)

    • When we had to have our two maples cut down, i was afraid I wouldn’t hear the mockingbird this year, but they’re definitely around. I’m glad you didn’t get anything too bad either with the storms.

  3. Birds are a great warning siren for us. Last summer I was returning a grandchild to his home and as we left the car about 6 hawks circled overhead making such a huge racket. Then we saw the deep dark purple cloud coming nearby, and we all scampered for safety.
    I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a mockingbird, but I’d like to read this poem to one I come across.

    • Thanks, Pam. That’s interesting about the hawks. Usually it’s the other birds warning about hawks! If you’ve ever heard a bird just sing long phrases and go on and on–it’s probably a mockingbird. In flight, you’ll see a long tail with a flash of white.

      • I think you’re right; I’ve probably heard a mockingbird but not known. I’ll pay more attention. And you’re so right about the hawks. I sit out on my porch chair and listen to the birds warn in shrill sounds when a hawk comes near.

  4. I think after today your weather should quiet down for a bit. Sometimes I think bird are better at forecasting the weather than the meteorologists. I love to listen to the mockingbirds.

  5. I love a good thunderstorm but can’t imagine tornadoes! We don’t get them over here. Sadly, we don’t have mockingbirds either, however, I love the beauty of birdsong after a storm I’m glad you heard the mockingbird, Merril, and hope he continues to fill the night with vibrant light and wing it out of sight.

    • Thank you, Kim. Fortunately, the tornados missed our immediate area. We never had to worry about them here in the past–especially in May. Today looks like a nice day, and the birds are singing. You have nightingales. 🙂

  6. Love this poem! Makes me want to go outside (I’m at work and the windows don’t open). This reply from you made me laugh: “If you’ve ever heard a bird just sing long phrases and go on and on–it’s probably a mockingbird.” We have plenty of mockingbirds around here and they do go on and on and on. One time a mockingbird “regaled” my husband and me with his entire repertoire. I can’t remember how long he sung but we started cracking up after a few minutes. He really put his heart and soul into his performance 😉 Hope your weather improves!

    • Yay–so glad this poem made you feel this.
      And I know about the mockingbirds. A few weeks ago one was singing on and on, and I think he was incorporating other bird calls into his song. Sometimes they will actually sing all night long. (So much energy spent–it does seem like they are pouring their hearts out.)

  7. Sweet birds…they really do bring hope to gloomy days. It’s hard not to love them. I enjoyed the internal rhyme and the flow… like a song of it’s own.

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