It Was Evening All Afternoon...

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

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Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs
…Excerpt …Wallace Stevens
A few weeks ago I read Wallace Stevens “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” and I was totally intrigued by it….not only is it reminiscent of Chinese poetry, (they often wrote about solitary birds), the entire poem mystified me…
I am not in favour of too much dissection, especially of poetry, so I decided to let the words flow over me and simply inspire any thoughts that might come up…well from then on all I could think of was Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night, and gave it up as a bad job…
Lo and behold on a slightly warmer day recently, a Blackbird appeared in my garden, lighting for a brief moment, not on a cedar, but on a shrub with a few remaining berries…that was it…
Like the poem says, “it was evening all afternoon”, (Stevens knew all about Canadian winters) but there was enough light for me to see him and for him to snatch a few berries and move on

Watercolour on Arches Not Paper..featured in Friends of Redbubble 28/01/14 and 22/3/16

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