Friday, June 27, 2014

Poetry Friday - Sing, Spirit!

                                                            Photo by my daughter, Katie

Sing, Spirit!
Set out on feathery wings.
Dip and weave,
soar and sail,
then come back to me.

Bring the message songs
you heard from God.

Return from your journey
settle and perch,
windswept and wise,
and whistle whisper
to my soul.

This poem emerged after a three-day writing retreat with Choice Literacy's amazing, creative, kind people/contributors and reading the blogs from the insightful and inspiring folks who linked up to my Spiritual Journey Thursday post.  I feel like my soul has been renewed and strengthened.  The bird images were inspired from reading Mary Lee's poem today (I was blessed that she was at the retreat) and the reference to Emily Dickinson's "Hope is a Thing with Feathers" in Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, a book I just finished.  Thank you, fellow writers, for enriching my life!

Visit Buffy for the poetry roundup this week at Buffy's Blog.

Hope is the thing with feathers

Emily Dickinson, 1830 - 1886

Hope is the thing with feathers  
That perches in the soul,  
And sings the tune without the words,  
And never stops at all,  
And sweetest in the gale is heard;          
And sore must be the storm  
That could abash the little bird  
That kept so many warm.  
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,  
And on the strangest sea;         
Yet, never, in extremity,  
It asked a crumb of me.


  1. Beautiful words Holly. Isn't the retreat inspirational?

  2. Oh, Holly, I feel your soul lifting on wings and flying. What a beautiful reflection and connection! I love the alliteration of windswept, wise, and whistle whisper.

  3. First of all, I'm so jealous you got to attend the Choice Literacy Retreat and got to see Mary Lee Hahn. I'd love to meet her someday. I am a huge Emily Dickinson fan (I bought that book you mentioned), thank There's comfort and inspiration, quiet and motivation in one poem. WOW! I'm loving the Spiritual Link Up and I can't wait til next week. Thank you. I feel like I really NEEDED this opportunity!

    1. I love your enthusiasm about the Spiritual Link Up. Thank you so much for participating!! I loved your post this week. :-)

  4. Very nice, Holly--I love the image of one's spirit dipping and weaving, soaring and sailing.

  5. I like "windswept and wise" and the way you wove your inspirations together!

  6. I love the way the words in this poem feel in my mouth-- dip and weave, windswept and wise, soar and sail, whistle whisper. Gorgeous!

  7. Love the soaring joy in this - what a wonderful writing community you must have shared!

  8. Love the Emily D. connection!

  9. Hey there Holly. Welcome to the Poetry Friday community. Your poem sings with so much joy, I feel blessed just reading it. :) Hope is the thing with feathers is a beautiful pair to your original verse.