The Daring One

Bluebird In Flight
Male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) in flight

photo by Steve Byland


For this prompt, here’s a poem , from 88 years ago, by Edwin Markham:


The Daring One

By Edwin Markham


I would my soul were like the bird

That dares the vastness undeterred.

Look, where the bluebird on the bough

Breaks into rapture even now!

He sings, tip-top, the tossing elm

As tho he would a world o’erwhelm.

Indifferent to the void he rides

Upon the wind’s eternal tides.


He tosses gladly on the gale,

For well he knows he can not fail—

Knows if the bough breaks, still his wings

Will bear him upward while he sings!


painting  “Blue Bird” by Leslek Wasik


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