The Red Bird


The Red Bird

You’re the bright red bird,
living your life between the drab, the invisible grays,
the olive browns, the flaxen blacks… the beige.

When you land on a branch
all eyes sweep to you. You are first noticed, first seen,
causing shouts of joy, hearts beating wildly, as you preen.

More camera shutters click,
in your direction, more lenses focus on your face,
as you yawn, not caring about the fuss you make.

You wear your color well,
delighting all who see you, for every year you travel far
and every year I sit, watching you, just admiring who you are.

Karima Hoisan
Nov. 9, 2020
Costa Rica

*Footnote: the Summer Tanagers arrive in Costa Rica in October. They have traveled thousands of miles from Canada or the USA to get here. They travel by night, a mile high above the trees. They return to my yard every year and go back to the same place from where they left. .We are privileged to enjoy them all winter, until March when they leave and go back.  Some baby birds are only 3 months old when they make this trip. Isn’t that amazing??? Mashallah!

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21 Responses to The Red Bird

  1. daleinnis says:

    Beautiful and also amazing! Thank you for sharing them.

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    • Their journey, one can only imagine, ahh but when they first land again..It is a time of rejoicing! It is hard to live in Costa Rica and not love birds…we have over 900 different species here.. They surround us..Thank you Dale for commenting.

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  2. Samreen Asad says:

    It really is amazing, MashaAllah ❤️❤️❤️ Very beautifully written Karima, such lovely words to describe them. 💛🌺

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  3. Diana says:

    So beautifully picturized in your poem, Karima. Felt I was there, all ready with my Canon… Lol. Beautiful picture to go with it. Stay blessed, beautiful💕💐

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    • Thank you so much, dear one, for your comment. Really, it is a time to feel so happy and blessed when you catch a glimpse of them , the first time..and they they stand out..front and center:) Nature is so amazing and so healing and full of awe!

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      • Diana says:

        Yes I completely agree. You actually complemented my poem as well, which I posted today.. ‘Magnifique’..where I wrote about embracing the beauty of this world. Nature is truly healing. I’m so glad our thoughts resonate on many topics!!! Be blessed.. 💐❤️🥰

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  4. And you and yes.. we have overlapping poetic consciousness:) Be well and inspired!

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  5. Jeff Flesch says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, Karima.❤️ What a lovely bird, and just as lovely story. Wow! 3-months old. Amazing. 🙂

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  6. These little creatures are not only entertaining, they invite us to think/talk about anything and everything.

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    • Oops Nat, Thank you for your comment! I totally forget to send the reply:) Oh yes, they do make you think about the miracle that is Life. If someone asked me a hummingbird could fly to Canada from here? I would think they were crazy…and yet…… Life IS a miracle!


  7. dessertflower5 says:

    you wrote it so well. I could imagine it. keep up the amazing work:)

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  8. Hoyt says:

    What lovely thoughts Miss Karima. The shutter clicks on this bird more than the others. The same thing happens in the homo sapien world. Could it be that you’ve always had ornithologist leanings?

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  9. So amazing. Beautifully written as well


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