Observations on Poetry

As Spring approaches, and the daffodills are pushing through the vines and leaves in our disheveled garden, I was reminded of a friend’s observation last year.

“At least you can write poetry in an overgrown garden,” he said, when thinking of what it could be.

“Poetry is created when we fill in the gaps that we can’t remember,” said Dave Read, my photography professor in college.

The following is one of mine.

Even the Birds Know

Cardinal in the morning
Crowns the bare and trifle

Patient in paltry snow;

She croons a kind
Warble for an injured soul.
Standout! Standout
In scarlet robe against
Blue and gray adobe sky.

Patience, my friend,
Is her maternal cry;
Sending such orchestrated
Echoes by the campanile,
So that even preacher Timson
Begs his daily chores
To stop, and let him listen.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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