Birds Of A Feather

‘Birds Of A Feather’ is poem I wrote a few years ago, and I’m proudly reposting the words here to coincide with the “Indigenous Peoples Day” holiday in America on Monday 11th of October…
Below I have attached a song by Australia’s indigenous singer/songwriter Xavier Rudd … his famous classic “Spirit Bird” …

Birds Of A Feather

to colour us all tanned

black or white

didn’t seem right

even a humorous sight

maybe blue and green

would’ve been a better blight

and I’ve been told orange

is a preferred skin tone

best we have more colours

I’ll go buy the paint drums

toss them together

shaken, not stirred

into one huge cocktail dish

and use a whale-hair paint brush

we’ll all be covered the same

a faded colour purple

like tarnished rain clouds

not too dark

not too proud

not too white

just bright enough

to see the light

Please Note: The featured image above, is called ‘Four Birds’, by an Australian artist, Patsy Anguburra Lulpunda, at the Aboriginal Art Gallery

Ivor Steven (c) October 2021

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

37 thoughts on “Birds Of A Feather”

  1. Such a wonderful, powerful trio…photo, poem, and music/vid…for any day, but especially today!
    All of the different “birds” make life more beautiful, interesting, enjoyable…we can learn so much from each other! Oh, I wish that everyone could see the light! I’ve always most enjoyed spending time with people whose (or who’s) feathers are different than mine. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PATS and RUBS for Sir Frankie!
    🐔 🌈 🐧 🌏 🐦 🖤 🐤 🤍 🐥🖤 🦆 🤎 🦅 💜 🦉 🙂 🦜🌍 🐓☀️ 🦃 🌙 🦚 🥳 🦢 🌎 🦩


  2. this post resonates so deeply Ivor .. your poem a reflection of the Minks ‘melting pot’ which is a fav, Xavier is a hunky hero but that footage … those feathered friends took us around the world and those few dolphin shots! So uplifting I’m bookmarking this for further viewing. And that artwork is another memorable fav … all in one post, wow, thanks my kind friend 🙂

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