Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Wendell Berry added words to this morning melody:
A Song Sparrow Singing in the Fall
Somehow it has all
added up to song---
earth, air, rain and light
the labor and the heat,
the mortality of the young.
I will go free of other
singing, I will go
into the silence
of my songs, to hear
this song clearly.

Song Sparrow Melaspiza melodia


Blogger robin andrea said...

Wendell Berry sums it up so lovingly. Trading on our own silence so we can hear the song sparrow, who has given all to be able to sing.

Beautiful poem, and beautiful photographs.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Totally sweet!

10:00 PM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

We have a lot ofsparrows over here. I think they are hedge sparows tho' as they seem just to cheep and not sing. They are my oldest son's favourite bird - because they are so ubiquitous I think and rather cheeky and busines like not really bothered if they are noticed or not as long as they can grab a crumb from under your cafe table or park bench. I was just thinking the other day how overlooked they are - and here you've highlighted them - great stuff! Thanks! :) I've always admired their tweed-jacket feathers.

11:01 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Love that last pic of a slightly ruffled bird!

11:12 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Oh, lovely. Thank you. The morning songs are so sweet. A wonderful way to wake.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

robin andrea
Wendell Berry has said so many things I wish I had said first :=) (ah - if only I had thought of them :=)
I am beginning to really treasure silence!

thanks for coming and commenting

this place has no house sparrows so we don't have the cheep cheep all day long - but I love the melody of the song sparrow.

this song sparrow is singing to the wind

I think most bird songs add wonder and beauty to the experience of awakening.

7:29 AM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

My usual morning sparrow visiters are the common ones, but can one really call any bird common? It was a great pleasure to begin the day by looking at your beautiful song sparrow and reading Wendell Berry words with the photos - a perfect marriage of beauty and eloquence.

9:19 AM  
Blogger silverlight said...

Wow! with this new camera you sure are getting fantastic shots! Your photography is great!!
I like Sparrows. They seem cuddly.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

Beautiful little bird...I here one here every morning it wakes me up. A great way to wake up in the morning.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

thanks, endment, for such a lovely read this morning! now i am going out, even in the drizzle, to greet my winged friends here!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the last pic.

10:37 AM  
Blogger RavenGrrl said...

Wendell Berry has this amazing ability to articulate connection to the earth and to all of creation. I love his poetry. This one I wasn't familiar with, or maybe I have just never really noticed it much. But here, with the wonderful photos of the sparrows you have shared, the focus is on the sparrow rather than birdsong in general and it makes me want to run get my WB books and find more poems by him on birds. Thanks!

We have a huge 100 ft blue spruce tree outside our bedroom window. Right about now every morning starts just before sunrise with a sparrow-concert. They are singing the sun awake, bringing the day back from the other side of our world. It's the greatest alarm bell ever! I really don't mind the almost constant chirping ... some mornings I lie in bed waiting for the sun to hit my pillow while listening to their chatter.

At some point the cacaphony slows to a chirpy twitter so we know the babies have fledged. Soon enough out cold clear winter days will be almost silence again when the sparrows leave for warmer climes.

I agree with chiefbiscuit that you've highlighted the positive qualities of the common sparrow and thank you for that.

11:50 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Just beautiful - the poem and the photographs. I did not know this poem, so thank you for the introduction, Endment.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

I love our song sparrows...when I come out in the morning to fill the feeders there's always at least one of the litle guys singing his heart out in our yard. It's a great start to the day.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous pablo said...

Sparrows: so common and yet so delightful nonetheless.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

Wendell Berry and bird songs always make a good combination to begin the day :=)

Thank you - You know - I have never cuddled a sparrow ---

oh yes - a great way to wake up!

drizzle and bird songs? actually sounds fun:=)


Glad to offer you a new poem - I am trying to read a new poet and an old favorite each day.
I can tell you don't have the melody of the song sparrow to wake you - this is music not cacaphony :=)

you are so welcome mary

susan kailholz williams
there is one singing outside as i type these words - love the song.

actually, here it is the goldfinches and chickadees that are common but all are a joy.

7:12 AM  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Lovely pictures hes such a handsome bird.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

So lovely!
Beautiful poem, too!

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Claude said...

What beautiful poem and lovely photos!

5:24 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

he is handsome isn't he?

sonia and claude
thanks for visiting and for your kind comments

9:40 PM  

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