we are aerial
               we are swifts
                              asleep on the wing
                                             or rising sooty-brown
                              to black against the sky
               wings like scythes
and all summer long we fly
               until the long days pass
                              African heat and grass
                                             call like drums and rattles
                                                                                                and we fly

Kim M. Russell, 8th March 2021

File:Bruno Liljefors - Common Swifts 1886.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille: Swift and reblogged for World Poetry Day 22nd March 2021

Sarah is back to welcome us this Monday at the dVerse Poets Pub, for this month’s small, but perfectly formed, quadrilles. The prompt word Sarah has chosen is ‘swift’.

Sarah has painted a perfect picture of springtime in the UK and written beautifully about swifts, birds related to the swallow, about which I have chosen to write my quadrille, She has also shared gorgeous poems by Yeats and Hughes with the various meanings of ‘swift’ to inspire us.

Common Swifts by Brune Liljefors, 1886, public domain work of art in Wikimedia Commons

44 thoughts on “Aerial

  1. I love how your poem even has the shape of a swift’s tail, or the birds in flight. I think I feel the call of the ‘African heat and grass’ at the onset of winter too, but alas have no wings to take me there!

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  2. I love the shape of the poem–it fits the sense of the poem. The African heat and grass calling to them.
    The poem has a sense of light, airiness, and flight, and the painting goes so perfectly with it!

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  3. Quadrilliffic, KR. I esp like the ‘wings like scythes”.

    And I’m in full agreement with all the others on admiring the shapeliness. Not my thing, usually, but you do it exceedingly well here. Have a Great evening!

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