#Ghazal: Nightbirds

Image by Erik Karits from Pixabay

“Go to sleep. Night is a flower resting from bees.” – Jim Harrison

Grey mockingbird sings alone on a moonlit night
with notes pure and clear as a blue pool at night

A glittering of hummingbirds dart in chilled air
As a cloud hides the stars, obscured in ink night

Noisy murder of crows roost in a gnarled mesquite
cawing in their dreams on a moonless night

Nocturnal owl perches high in fragrant pine
searching for mice scurrying under cloak of night

Sly thrasher sleeping- a nest of twigs in thorny cactus
safe from slithering snakes hunting eggs at night

©2022 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: Day 2 of NaPOWriMO. The word I chose from Haggard Hawks is ‘glittering’- meaning a flock of hummingbirds. I was outside about 2:30 this morning letting my dog out and I heard a mockingbird singing, which inspired this Ghazal.

5 Comments on “#Ghazal: Nightbirds

  1. Nice assortment of birds, I like to find the mockingbird singing alone. Most times that rustles up other around the neighborhood.
    I would talk to it and our rooftops would have a mocking bird singing on every one. I don’t know what it means, an interpreter might help.
    My call uses a high scratchy pitch, in English I ask, “Who cooks for you?” I run the words together and bunches end up calling with me.

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