Tree and bird

This is a first attempt at Paul’s prompt for dverse this evening.Contrapuntal poetry is like a cleave poem but without the stark contrast between the two halves.


Trees tremble                          in the wind

and twitter                               like storm-blown finches

fluted musical columns         staunch and unyielding

where birds sing                     leaves cling to the bending bough

and indomitable life               that rides the rain

hums                                          the eternal song of the earth


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

23 thoughts on “Tree and bird”

  1. This is beautifully rendered 💜 I love the delicate imagery of the poem.. such a Wordsworth touch to it 😊

  2. Beautiful, Jane. I was out yesterday, so just catching up now. I thought this was like a cleave poem, too. I like the musical language of this, and this line/pair:
    “where birds sing leaves cling to the bending bough”

    1. Thank you 🙂 The only thing I have against this idea is that it requires formatting and if the words aren’t enough, I worry the poem doesn’t work, that it’s more a sleight of hand.

      1. It can. I did a third poem and ended up scratching the second one altogether. It didn’t seem to add anything or make much sense on its own. A case of why make something simple when you can make it complicated?

  3. Exquisite! All three “melody lines.” The imagery is truly beautiful…and all build to the eternal song of the earth. Wonderfully done!

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