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Blackbird working in a field of cornrows
alongside splayed †hands of pallid scarecrows.
Blackbird you sing from morning till night
for spirituals make your aches take flight.
Swing low sweet chariot today
and take my old bones way far away.

Blackbird these crops youíre not fit to eat.
They're grown for folks you'll never meet.
Blackbird your chicks better grow strong
or else they'll be sold for a pitiful song.
Swing low sweet chariot today
and take my old bones way far away.

Blackbird your eyes are a little too wise.
You should recall how slowly time flies.
Blackbird I heard tell of the freedom road
Itís the latest news or so I was told.
Swing low sweet chariot today
and take my old bones way far away.

Blackbird wait until darkness falls
Iíll be here until the meadowlark calls.
Blackbird believe I wonít betray you
together tonight is how weíll get through.
Swing low sweet chariot today
and take my old bones way far away.


Penelope Allen
August 8th, 2012

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"Tigers bloom where there's oodles of room." Zodiac Zoo


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The following comments are for "Blackbird at the Gate"
by Pen

RE: Blackbird at the Gate
A delightful piece; appreciated the imagery and loved the message; may we all be taken away, to a place where the scarecrows play!

Joe Breunig,
Reaching Towards His Unbounded Glory
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( Posted by: jjbreunig3 [Member] On: November 13, 2014 )

black birds
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on this poem. Blackbirds and their symbolism strikes a chord with me - history seems to place ravens & crows in meaningful circles.

( Posted by: Pen [Member] On: November 13, 2014 )

PEN!!!!
Hi Pen...missed this one before! Miss you...haven't heard from you in awhile! Slowly, we are coming back to the fold...would love to see you here!!

Love ya,
Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: November 14, 2014 )





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