A bit of self-indulgence for one of my favourite birds.
You sang your small heart to the summer,
Filled the woods with an endless song.
The soul of the orchard and hedgerow,
Your magic swelled all summer long.
But you wore out your heart with your singing,
Your brittle bones failed, not your art,
Winter’s white hand took your sweet songs,
And its cold fingers stilled your warm heart.
The roses have withered and fallen,
You have flown to the Islands of Bliss,
Where blackbirds still sing in the rose trees,
In that world so much gentler than this.