Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry: Mockingbird
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate
Today the incomparable Mekeel McBride of Kittery describes the singing of the mockingbird.
Mockingbird by Mekeel McBride
The mockingbird’s a live encyclopedia of song, Listen, it can be the whole world humming to itself: tinsel consonant of wind in love with whatever its silken glove touches, never touches,and then again it’s just the normal chatter of thrust or grackle. The mockingbird’s own song? Difficult to hear in this aria that includes news from every absent bird, but slightly richer. All nightit stays awake, slipping its glad opera into the delicate bone cage of the Emperor’s or your sleeping ear. For this, the glass blower wakes and weeps, knowing how frail his world is and imperfect.
Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry is produced in collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Poem copyright © 2006 Mekeel McBride. Reprinted from Dog Star Delicatessen, Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006, by permission of Mekeel McBride. Please note that the column is no longer accepting submissions; comments about it may be directed to special consultant to the poet laureate, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-228-8263. Take Heart: Poems from Maine, an anthology collecting the first two years of this column, is now available from Down East Books.