Poetry Friday: Drops of Liquid Sunshine

Earlier this week, Margaret Renkl wrote in her column in The New York Times to “enfold ourselves in small comforts.” I needed this reminder, and found this small comfort on one of my morning walks.

A multitude of goldfinches,
trilling and chittering
like windchimes,
pierce the stillness of dawn
as they rise over the meadow:
drops of liquid sunshine.

Draft © Catherine Flynn, 2020

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11 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Drops of Liquid Sunshine

  1. I’ve only seen & heard those goldfinches in the mountains, Catherine & they really are “like windchimes”. It is good to find the ways to ease one’s mind. I love your poem!

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  2. Oh, I love this. I have seen so many goldfinches this year. They remind me of my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Maker who taught us bird species. The chittering and trilling is such an uplifting sound to me. Thank you, Catherine.

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  3. Just googled goldfinch so I could listen to their song and discovered that it’s our state bird. One never stops learning with a little help from our friends. I know the state bird of Oklahoma, (scissor tail flycatcher), but didn’t know the state bird of my home state for the past 23 years! And their song is beautiful.

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  4. Goldfinches have all but disappeared from our neighborhood. I can still remember the first one I ever saw (we didn’t have them back home in Eastern Colorado) and how it’s color and lilting flight took my breath away. Thank you for giving me a whole flock in your poem!

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  5. Like Ramona, I looked up the goldfinch sound since I have never seen one. It is musical. The images I like in your poem are:
    “like windchimes,
    drops of liquid sunshine.”
    Thanks for the morning sunshine, Catherine.

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