Reveling in the Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird

I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflections

Or the beauty of innuendoes,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.


~~ Wallace Stevens

from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”


Photo credit:Β  Athena Alexander


17 thoughts on “Reveling in the Blackbird

  1. Redwing blackbirds come with spring. First the females gather at the feeder. In a week the first male sings “screee” from a tree top. Mint green tree leaves are unfurling, first blossoms are appearing, and mornings are moist and cool with a promise of warm sunny days. The beauty of the blackbird’s song is the time and place.

  2. Now,” Thirteen Ways of Looking at Jet’s Blackbird “,dear Jet ! Your fabulous red-winged blackbird greatly equals the perspective of the multi-sided poem and the stanza you selected …
    Have a nice and creative day , Doda πŸ™‚ xxx

    • Thanks so much Doda, I’m really glad you enjoyed it. Creative day ahead–getting back to my novel after reluctantly putting it away for two weeks of vacationing. What I learned was that you can put away the papers, but you can’t tuck away the characters who have come alive in my brain. I hope YOU have a great day too Doda! πŸ˜€

    • And I am absolutely delighted to be back! When you went to Spain you inspired me to take a vacation, fully enjoy where I’m visiting, and return refreshed to the blogging world with lots of stories and photos to share. Thank you so much Amy! πŸ™‚

  3. I always thought red-wing blackbirds sounded like squeaking doors – until this year, when I loved the songs. My maturity? hearing loss? or new found appreciation? Thanks for sharing Jet and everyone.

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