Saturday, 28 April 2012
Where Kingfishers Fly
‘Marie’ has been in touch to say she and her family enjoyed my poetry reading on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square back in July 2009 and would I post the link again please.
So here it is, a link to as my contribution to Antony Gormley’s One and Other 24/7 ‘living sculpture’ project over 100 days of an English summer. The entire web-stream is archived in the British Library, but the link below will take you to my (very informal) hour on a (very high and a bit slippery) 4th plinth.
Tip for the Day: Don’t spend a lifetime looking for the Bluebird if Happiness or the chances are you will never find it; lighten up, and let it come to you, and when it does, you’ll know it’s no myth.
WHERE KINGFISHERS FLY
Some say a Bluebird of Happiness
will swoop on loneliness - like
an owl to prey, turn the foggiest day
into a blaze of spring sunshine,
negotiate mazes of a mind teetering
on madness, driven to despair
by a sickness of spirit - yet, but spot
one blue, fragile wing and hear
the faintest note of its sweet song
and a Bluebird of Happiness
shall bring, egging on our desire
for the simplest things - like
that first cold beer after harvest ends,
glimpse of a kingfisher’s tail
where the river bends, scent of roses
though autumn in the air
reminding a fragrance of your hair
each time we share a dip,
a gladness of rainbows lending more
than light to your eyes,
along your nose, upon your lips,
(where I’ll brush mine),
tonguing your ear lobe, seeing to it
that love’s heat moulds us
into a an image of lasting beauty
Bluebird of Happiness, circling our globe,
looking out for us...
[Note: This poem has been slightly revised from the original as it appears in 1st eds. of The Third Eye by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2004; 2nd ed. in preparation. NB New editions of my collections will not be available until after 2015 and will contain revisions of some poems.]
The Third Eye is still in print. UK readers can obtain from any bookshop or directly from me; the latter also applies to overseas readers. UK readers may also find all or some of my titles listed in their local public library catalogue.