Saturday, June 16, 2012

I Want to Be a Mockingbird

I must have birds on my mind this morning … this came on my morning walk.  It has been quite awhile since poetry "just showed up," so I was delighted at its appearance.

I Want to Be a Mockingbird

I want to sing a hundred songs
And learn new songs every day
From the birds around me,
From the cell phones ringing,
From the freight trains rumbling,
From the brooks gurgling.

I want to be a mockingbird.

I want to wake up at three o'clock 
in the middle of the night
and sing so joyously
that everyone around me feels it
and knows that the music of the Universe
swirls around them and invites them
to sing their own songs.

I want to be a mockingbird.

I want to be a mockingbird.

I want to be  … a mockingbird!

About this image:  Autumn

This is part of the Seasons of the Heart series inspired by the Gaultier exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco.  The rest of the series can be see at


  1. Nice Joyce. We often think of how we as human beings take inspiration from the animals and living things around us never really giving thought to creatures like Mockingbirds taking inspiration from us? In a way they are our creative feathery counterparts, wouldn't you say?

  2. Thanks Sean ... nice insight. A mutual learning affair ... cool.