This thing with feathers

What’s a feather
without its wing?
Just the last remains,
of a raptor’s lunch

What are wings
without its bird?
Just the failed ambitions
of never moving south?

Is it death?

Is this darkness dawn or dusk?

What is hope
without a lover’s loss?

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Today De hosts the Quadrille at dVerse, and the word we write to is “wing”. When I saw the word my mind immediately went to the poem by Emily Dickenson “Hope” is the thing with feathers, and I started to think how important the wing is for the feather and so on. The art piece depicting the fall of Icarus is interesting… it takes a lot of time to find the poor Icarus… but he is there I promise.

November 14, 2022

29 responses to “This thing with feathers

  1. Will comment later…eyes too blurry from preop drops. BUT….I totally forgot today was supposed to be a quadrille. I just got so carried away with the feelings for my mother etc. So…just took it down and deleted it from Mr. Linky. Will use it for an OLN. Thanks for your gentle reminder!

  2. I like how you put feathers and wings under the microscope. Good food for thought (for raptors and beyond.) First time hearing that song, it’s a good’n.

  3. Succinct, as a quadrille must be, but have the impression you really squeezed out the very essence here….those last few lines would expect to find them quoted years hence, maybe lifted all rhe more higher by the previous sharp clear lines.

  4. Wings without a bird are like words without a poem, Björn, or a word without its quadrille. Great use of questions in this one. The last line is perfect.

  5. “What’s a feather
    without its wing?”
    The essence of belongining, form , and function.
    Nice one Björn.
    Thanks for fropping by my blog today.


  6. I love your thoughts here! Wings without a bird and the opposite. Just like us what good are dreams without someone to embody them and bring them to life.

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