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The Robin
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Virna Sheard


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Little brown brother, up in the apple tree,
High on its blossom-rimmed branches aswing,
Here where I listen earth-bound, it seems to me
You are the voice of the spring.

Herald of Hope to the sad and faint-hearted,
Piper the gold of the world cannot pay,
Up from the limbo of things long departed
Memories you bring me to-day.

You are the echo of songs that are over,
You are the promise of songs that will come,
You know the music, oh, light-winged rover,
Sealed in the souls of the dumb.

All of the past that we wearily sigh for,
All of the future for which our hearts long,
All Love would live for, and all Love would die for
Wordless, you weave in a song.

Little brown brother, up in the apple tree,
My spirit answers each note that you sing,
And while I listen - earth-bound - it seems to me
You are the voice of the spring.
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Virna Sheard was a Canadian poet and novelist. She often used nature as a theme for her work.

 


Post New Comment:
Dorcas:
Herald of hope...how I wish I could reflect so as to see so much in a robin. I must take my ease reflecting on God's creatures as they are so much more than simple beauty. A lovely rendering of a harbinger of spring.
Posted 03/26/2013 07:44 AM
tannerlynne:
Ah! Lovely...and isn't she beautiful?
Posted 03/25/2013 08:43 AM
diane:
Her poem is like a song. Lovely.
Posted 03/24/2013 09:30 PM
msruff:
Normally I don't care for rhyming poetry at all, but I think she captured something very precious in this piece.
Posted 03/24/2013 11:26 AM
gigi:
Although I know they're around in winter, I just saw my first two yesterday.
Posted 03/24/2013 04:04 AM


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