Tuesday, March 07, 2006

MY DOVES

MY DOVES
by: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

OPPOSITE my chamber window,
On the sunny roof, at play,
High above the city's tumult,
Flocks of doves sit day by day.
Shining necks and snowy bosoms,
Little rosy, tripping feet,
Twinkling eyes and fluttering wings,
Cooing voices, low and sweet,--

Graceful games and friendly meetings,
Do I daily watch and see.
For these happy little neighbors
Always seem at peace to be.
On my window-ledge, to lure them,
Crumbs of bread I often strew,
And, behind the curtain hiding,
Watch them flutter to and fro.

Soon they cease to fear the giver,
Quick are they to feel my love,
And my alms are freely taken
By the shyest little dove.
In soft flight, they circle downward,
Peep in through the window-pane;
Stretch their gleaming necks to greet me,
Peck and coo, and come again.

Faithful little friends and neighbors,
For no wintry wind or rain,
Household cares or airy pastimes,
Can my loving birds restrain.
Other friends forget, or linger,
But each day I surely know
That my doves will come and leave here
Little footprints in the snow.

So, they teach me the sweet lesson,
That the humblest may give
Help and hope, and in so doing,
Learn the truth by which we live;
For the heart that freely scatters
Simple charities and loves,
Lures home content, and joy, and peace,
Like a soft-winged flock of doves.
"My Doves" is reprinted from Merry's Museum, March 1868.
Perhaps a synchronicity?
--- The doves posed for their photos
and I found this little known poem by Louisa May Alcott today.

6 Comments:

Blogger lil' ol karebear said...

palermo,

inJoying your blog..
thank you

namaste,
k

1:44 AM  
Blogger MB said...

There are flocks that live by my house, too. I enjoy watching them fly -- they have such beautiful wings when outstretched.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Synchronicity is experienced when we are in the flow, when we experience that which cannot be explained with our rational minds.I love these sweet co-occurances. We move to a deeper place when we accept these simple yet profound experiences of ordinary magic.

3:00 PM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

What beautiful doves.I love the doves song.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

You are on my bloglines.com subscription now! I love your site for its beauty and elegance. And of course the poetry!!

8:09 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

lil'olkarebear
thanks for your visit

mb
yes, the doves have such beautiful colors

meredith
I am still learning --

harmony
they call outside the window and add music to the day

lindsay
thank you for the honor

7:20 AM  

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