Posts Tagged ‘bird’


What was it that I saw?
A bird fluttering to the ground?
No, just a leaf that released its hold.
But, oh, what a leaf, to deceive
my aging eyes.
I should have known,
with such pungent scent in the air.
Burning leaves casting their aroma
on the gentle breeze that tickles
the hair on my arms.

What was it that I heard?
The wings of a bumblebee?
A faint hum, unlike the hurried
buzz when touring my garden’s bouquet.
I feel the fan of his tiny wings
as he lights upon my arm
to investigate my perfume.
He spreads tired wings to the sun,
then after a few false starts
he soars off in his last flight.

What is that fragrance wafting by
on a current of autumn air?
Sweet and beckoning.
Brilliant carmine jewels
hanging from bare umber arms.
Their succulent sweetness teasing
me to bite into their aromatic
jackets. A rivulet of juice slips
over my lips, as my pallet is bathed
in rich drops of nectar.

Autumn, seducing my senses.

4/28/96 Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

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After the rain


Warm gentle raindrops

cupped leaves filling with moisture

bird’s summer chalice

9/7/03 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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Sounds I Love



The sweetest sound that one can hear

Is not a bird song, sweet and clear

Nor music played on stage somewhere              

Or nature’s sounds upon the air                  


Enchanted sound heard every day

It’s children’s laughter while at play             

Like temple bells on sacred ground

It’s golden  where a child is found    


Its music sings sweet melodies

Of crystal notes and rhapsodies

I’d like to keep that laughter near . . .

The sweetest sound that one can hear


 5/27/00  –  Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck


2’nd … Indiana NPD – 2000

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