Dove (Draft 1)

Dove (Draft 1)

The feathered dove dove down,
taking a dive though
it could have dived for peace
or dove on doves nearby for a lark.

It dove into the question that
dove-tails with the stalling of change
leaving irregular forms their right to fly

— Douglas Gilbert


2 thoughts on “Dove (Draft 1)

  1. I love all the d-words, this is like a tongue twister, a beautifully feathered, rhythmic one. Or maybe like a riddle too because the way it ends seems mysterious. The word lark is great. It’s not one i hear very often in day to day conversations though…i wonder why some words tend to not be used as much as others? Are they just not considered cool or in-style or something? I love doves, they’re such pretty birds. My feeder is a bit too smallish/oddly shaped for them to land on comfortably but i always scatter seeds beneath it on the ground and they eat them. The other day i saw a purple finch headbutting small piles of seeds down to the doves on the ground.

    1. Thanks. Yeah, expressions seem to go archaic by the time I use them. Maybe its because without knowing it I heard expressions from my Mother that were rarely used and that takes it back one generation too far. Somewhere I heard, “On a lark”. And a “lark” is defined as a frolic. Yikes, I guess it’s not common anymore. Yeah, I left the ending undefined — it’s an open metaphor based on the irregular past tense of “to dive” being “dove” and the alternate being “dived”, but “irregular forms” could be anything, could be freedom to be different or original I suppose. I guess the clock is ticking on that one — another year maybe and no one will know what that means, and the new hip words will take over. A very kind purple finch may some day sing of peace perhaps and oh, I wonder where the plants that made the seeds are in this system? I’ve heard that in a “mast” year there are too many acorns for the squirrels to eat all of them so a few survive to become trees but in other years the squirrels eat all of the seeds. What would grow from the seeds that the song birds eat?

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