Shearwater (Sylph of Trolleval)

 

The voices echo through the isles:

An invocation from the skies,

A ceaseless chant around the hills,

A manic chattering of spells.

 

We are interpreters who hear

These mystery songs and forge our tales,

Our ocean rhymes, our waves of light,

Our words of human fear and flight.

 

The wisdom in the speech of birds

Is knowledge from a different world.

Our mountain stories magnify

The hubris in the things we know.

 

The shearwater spoke no words:

We missed the truth in what was heard.

 

 

shared with Poetry Pantry

Trolleval (Trollebhal)

 

 

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13 Comments to “Shearwater (Sylph of Trolleval)”

  1. Magical writing! “we missed the truth in what was heard.” So profound.

  2. human fear and flight
    *********
    Mostly in our head! Right human fear I think is mostly self made.

  3. Yes…we missed the truth in what was heard” We have missed it…

  4. “We missed the truth in what was heard.” – A brilliant ending to an amazing poem. A pleasure to read. Keep it up.

  5. “hubris in the things we know” … a brilliant line within a wonderful poem πŸ™‚

  6. An ethereal and magical write! Very nice.

  7. Sometimes I talk so much I can’t hear what others are saying, but this poem quiets me right down to where words fail.

  8. a pleasure to read. great write. πŸ™‚

  9. The wisdom in the speech of birds

    Is knowledge from a different world.

    Love it!! Great imagery!

  10. Wow
    every now and then it is a good idea to cease the chatter
    and listen

  11. Oh how lovely – especially “the wisdom in the speech of birds” and “we missed the truth in what we heard.” Terrific writing.

  12. We are, maybe, just seeking sense-making, using the little we know to keep us company. Our hubris is in thinking we could ever succeed.

  13. I think we all have this kind of power, this wisdom and magic. We must simply choose to acknowledge and use.

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