Friday, April 19, 2019

Springtime Alarm Clock




Springtime Alarm Clock

Supposedly, time is a gentle songbird,
but someone forgot to tell
the robin outside my window
in the predawn darkness
who is singing jazz riffs
that would make Charlie Parker proud.


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2019


Here is my metaphor:


















And here is Charlie Parker, who I chose randomly, but just learned is Charles ("Bird") Parker.




Amy has the Poetry Friday Roundup this week at The Poem Farm. She knows all about Everyday Birds and their alarm clock tendencies!


16 comments:

  1. Love! This affirms my belief that birds have the names of musicians...especially jazz musicians in springtime.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! What a fabulous, jazzy little poem and how apt that Charlie Parker is nicknamed "Bird"!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Ah! Serendipity! Someone forgot to tell the nighttime peepers too!! Crazyloud! Happy Poetry Friday...and Happy Homestretch, my friend. xxxx

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh, jazzy songbirds! Such a fun poem; love the connection to Charlie Parker too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Jazz is the perfect metaphor for bird song! When more than one species is involved it's as though they are all improvising, responding to one another. Thank you for making this connection for me!

    ReplyDelete
  6. You certainly jazzed up this poem of yours with a robin's song and a descriptive metaphor, Mary Lee. I enjoyed the jazz number also for its sprightly tune.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love your jazzy alarm clock!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks for the best alarm clock ever. Finally, I am hearing one myself. Most of the time, it's the chickadees, but now, more!

    ReplyDelete
  9. "Time is a gentle songbird" is such an interesting metaphor! This poetry play really send you in jazzy directions :-)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love how you turned the metaphor to a jazzy bird outside your window. I am often awakened by loud song birds.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am waiting for the robins to get in full voice around here, your poem reminds me that maybe they can be a little loud. But I love the idea of birdjazz starting the day even if I wanted to stay asleep longer. Love the whole Charlie Parker thing. Janet Clare F.

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a cool coincidence! Love both your poem and Charlie Parker.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love hearing that "jazz riff" each morning. Great poem!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hey, I wonder if that's the same robin that's been waking me up early, maybe a distant relative. I wrote a poem about this same phenomenon. Nice Poem Mary Lee and jazz riff too!

    ReplyDelete
  15. We've got some of those robins outside our window-just add a clunking sound as they fly into the windows, too (and trust me, the windows aren't that clean).

    ReplyDelete
  16. LOVE that you chose Bird Parker RANDOMLY and he still fit!!!

    I've started sleeping with the window open, hoping to connect more with the outside world... and yeah, the Phoebe is really helping with that. TWEEEEET! TWEEEET!

    ReplyDelete

We welcome your contribution to the conversation!