Above and Below

Above and Below (1)

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I love the image of pigeons listening in on podcasts. I wonder what they would think? And the thrush … how does he or she do that? Humans aren’t so clever after all. I love this, Davy. Earth is teeming with sounds that we’re unaware of. Also, I love the title. Hope all is well!

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    Thank you Laura for your kind words and comments and I am pleased you enjoyed the poem. This poem came about after a mad morning in London and then an afternoon back in the countryside, working on the allotment. The business of the pigeons in London’s Trafalgar Square seemed a stark contrast to the thrush on the allotment looking for food. In among it all, commuters on the tube wrapped up in their own worlds. Things are good thank you. Adjusting to the new pace and getting more writing done. Hope all is well with you.

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      Yes! I picked up on the contrast but couldn’t quite put it into words. And I could hear the sounds of London and imagine a pigeon taking it all inβ€”such descriptive use of words. I’m working on a new poem that I’ll post after my next roundup. You started something, Davy.

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      I look forward to reading it Laura.

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Davy, this is a wonderful and strong poem. Above and Below indeed.
As I watch both pigeons, thrush and blackbirds and many more each morning I feel amazement.
The thrush and blackbird calmly walk the lawn and listen to the sound below, to the worms and such. Find the right spot and pull out the worm.
Pigeons lumbers around finding just the right places for seeds and such.

News, the noise they ignore. Or do they listen as they rest on the wires?
Miriam

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    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts Miriam and, like you, I am constantly in awe of the world provided by birds for our writing and poetry. The reference to news was about commuters on the tube trains being immersed in their newpapers / magazines and whether they were aware of the world around them. It is the contrast of do they pigeons know what is going on below and do the commuters know what is happening above. The reference to the thrush highlights there are things in life we sometimes fail to notice and these are the things showing the wonder of nature.

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Lovely poem Davy, overall it reminds me of our detachment from nature, how we rarely think beyond the confines of the chain-link fence we’ve imprisoned ourselves behind.
(though pigeons are the village idiots of the avian world)

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    Thank you Nigel and you have captured the main thread of the poem about detachment and being immersed in our own worlds. I think travelling on the tube through London is a great example of this. The seed for this poem was when I came above ground near Trafalgar Square. Pigeons always do have a sense of the village idiot about them. Thank you for your thoughts and comments. They are most appreciated.

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When I read this, the first word that came to my mind was tunnel vision. Seems we only listen to what we want to hear and only see what we want to see. There’s so much more for us to explore and learn from.

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    A good point and description Eugenia. I think there are so many distractions taking us away from nature and what happens around us. It is worth taking time out and remaking our connections with the natural world. Thank you for taking time out to enjoy the poem and comment.

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The lucky ones are those who scan stop to notice the thrush tap for worms with such quiet concentration and expertise … away from the noisy world of distraction that absorbs so much of our attention. Terrific poem, Davy highlighting the contraction in our world. My most special mornings are spent watching the birds on the feeder, admiring the roses … heavenly. At such times the world is very simple, not compex at all.

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    Thank you for your kind words and thoughts Annika. A lot of my mornings are spent watching the various birds around the garden. As I write this there are four wood pigeons strutting around the lawn. I think simplicity is the magic and key to happiness and the simplicity nature brings us is worth looking for.

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those pigeons on a gossip line was such a great image Davy! I do wonder about their everyday purpose. and ours too. we become so confined in our compartmentalised lives these days and slaves to technology. well that’s what struck me when I read this, listening to news and reading online gossips, instead of being outside in the real world with real people we know. I am shifting from being too involved with social media contact and having more coffee and cake conversations, its been lovely to interact with warm human souls than stare at a screen. lovely thoughts from you to spark emotions in us Davy, I really like this poem.

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    Thank you for your words and thoughts Gina. I too have greatly reduced the time spent on social media and I am shocked at how much it was dictating in my life. Reconnecting with things around me has been a cathartic experience and I am starting to feel different. As you say, nothing can beat face to face human interaction.

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Love this, Davy!!! Excellent poem and message!!!
Yes, we should spend more time listening to sounds in nature than we do listening to news and podcasts! Soil, birds, worms…all more important than talking-heads!
Stay coo, Davy D.!!! πŸ˜€
HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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A wonderful verse. Very descriptive , visualistic art of words on paper. I enjoy your poetry immensely , Davy. One of the few who write poetry.

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I love the imagery and the contrast, Davy. As always, your poem gives me thoughtful pause. Thank you for the morning delight.

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We will never get the present back, so we need to be more aware of it. Says me who is a social media whore lol. I do try to keep it in perspective though .

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    Your words are so true Fiona and I think the draw of social media can sometimes pull us away from other things. I read somewhere it is designed to do that to the brain. It has its advantages but like you say we need to keep it in perspective. Thank you for your thoughts and have a good weekend.

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