15 September 2013

White Feathers

  

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo who is part of the challenge at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads this weekend and whose her portrait with feather is there. Great thanks to Grace for her prompt!


One of joy-luck to be more than ever expected
Two for Forrest to float with the unexpected
(Three holes for earrings to tease jaw bones)
Four for cowardice turned to bravery
Fly away, Fly Away, and Come Back Home

Tiny fingers reach in rooster cages at the fair
Gather down for pillows, braids and boas
Find the source of caged capture, open doors
And see wings with no memory of flight
Fly away, Fly Away, and Come Back Home

Can’t she reach her shoulder blades, wing-stubs
Of cherubs?  Stretch, stretch arms and necks,
Arch backs over bent knees and feel wings glow
Where they once grew on her and all ducklings.
Fly away, Fly Away, and Come Back Home





Posted for Poets United Poetry Pantry #167.   The movies referred to are one: Joy Luck Club, two: Forrest Gump, and four: The Four Feathers.




Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast



15 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Joy Luck Club is one of my FAVORITE movies ever......loved this poem, kiddo......"find the source of caged capture, open doors"......and the bent over posture feeling wings, really hit home with me.......great imagery.

Mary said...

I love the idea of "Fly away, Fly Away, and come back home." People have to be free to fly away, I think, before they really know the importance of home!

Kathryn said...

Wow, such great imagery in this, I especially love the second stanza . . . wings with no memory of flight. Inspired.

Sumana Roy said...

love the refrain....

Grace said...

I like the positive message Susan and refraining lines at each stanza ~

This is lovely share ~ If you don't mind, I included the link in Sunday Challenge in RT ~

Brian Miller said...

some cool movies there...i like the reference to the ducklings or ugly duckling story there in the end...though i will say i was rather thinking of angels as i read...i wrote a song back in HS that have fly, fly away in the refrain...

Susie Clevenger said...

Fly away, fly away, but come back home...gosh this brings back the feeling of when the girls left home to go out into the world on their own..beautiful piece!!

Susan said...

Thanks, Sherry. It's neat to feel these kinetic images through your eyes.

Susan said...

I agree. Thank you, Mary.

Susan said...

Thank you, Kathryn. I have a memory of collecting feathers for earrings at the 4-H Youth Fair.

Susan said...

How nice! Thank you, Grace. Despite all, I am feeling mighty positive and ready to relearn walking and running as a prelude to flying.

Susan said...

I was thinking of angels and then "getting your ducks in order." But it is "Ugly Duckling" too! Cool!

Susan said...

Good memories, I hope.

Susan said...

And thanks for the surprise prize!

Margaret said...

There is actually a movie "Fly Away Home" which is a family favorite. Beautiful, this poem bravely searching for freedom.