Song

By Alicia Ostriker b. 1937 Alicia Ostriker
Some claim the origin of song
was a war cry
some say it was a rhyme
telling the farmers when to plant and reap
don’t they know the first song was a lullaby
pulled from a mother’s sleep
said the old woman

A significant
factor generating my delight in being
alive this springtime
is the birdsong
that like a sweeping mesh has captured me
like diamond rain I can’t
hear it enough said the tulip

lifetime after lifetime
we surged up the hill
I and my dear brothers
thirsty for blood
uttering
our beautiful songs
said the dog

Source: Poetry (February 2011).

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Poet Alicia Ostriker b. 1937

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Music

Poetic Terms Free Verse