|"Mocking Bird" Watercolor on Paper|
By J. Artemus Gordon
Falls silent: from each note its fullness wrung.
Not for all my soft whistling urging more
Will it repeat the melody already far-flung.
--By Lauren McBride after Omar Khayyam's “The Moving Finger”
Poet’s Notes: Who hasn't whistled a birdcall to coax an answer back? I mention mockingbirds in my poem because, where I live, they fill the spring air with their songs, trying to attract a mate. The ritual that follows is an intricate, lengthy and almost comedic mating dance worth its own poem.
Editor’s Note: Khayyam’s poem may be found here https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/365850.html.