Ibis

by Chelsey   Oct 4, 2015


Clouds overlap resembling tidal waves rolling
into shore; sounds erupt from the belly of the sky.
Run. Hide. Take cover-
the world screams as they flee.

Darkness closes in like drawn curtains and I'm
losing every bit of light I've ever had to see.
But I dare not take shelter just yet, I dare not
dream of a safe place for me.

I don't scatter at panic, I do not fear the storm.
What can mere trouble do to one that is brave
enough

to decline the pursuit to safety?

I am brave.
I am noble.
The last to leave.

I am mornings first sight of victory.

An Ibis bird is known for its bravery. It is the last to leave when a hurricane comes and the first to return when its over. Be an Ibis! :P

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  • 3 months ago

    by mossgirl19

    Wow...just blown away by how beautifully you captured the essence of life in reference to the bird. Love it.

  • 2 years ago

    by Maher

    This is awesome. And that means a lot coming from a guy that lives in a country where Ibises are practically a plague. They've taken over nearly every tree and haven't left the windshield or paint of any car unscathed. But I digress.

    Great job with this one. Incredibly well thought out and built strong and solid :)

  • 2 years ago

    by Rania Moallem

    Extremely inspiring. The poem has life embedded within it. It's like a thriller scene.

    The idea of Ibis's soul and traits reflected thought these few lines is very touching, and leaves the reader with thoughts on bravery and strength.

    Your closing line must be my favorite, it was very strong and full of impact.

    Sometimes we find missing human traits in the most fragile creatures.

    Loved this poem. Well done and thanks for sharing.

  • 2 years ago

    by Acoustic Odyssey

    Very beautiful and inspirational! This is the first time I've heard of this bird and after reading this, I hope it won't be the last :)

    "sounds erupt from the belly of the sky. "
    ^
    I absolutely adore this line!

  • 2 years ago

    by Princealexander

    This reminds me the poem of Russian poet and writer Maxim Gorky "The song of the Stormy Petrel".
    One can find its English translation in Wikipedia.

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