Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird

Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird short poem

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Twenty white pigeons, swallowing raw rice, half-staring at me?
Twelve white-faced swans, basking in the sun, ignoring me?
Eight white-haired owls eyeing me from tiny forested corners?
Six whitish foxes and six brown-red squirrels quizzing me?
Five pink-white beluga whales buddha-smiling through me
from youtube videos while being chased by errant Great Whites?
Two whitish gyrfalcons casting shadows over me?
Am I a blackbird caged-trapped somewhere in an unnamed cosmos
where blackbirds have become colorless yet immortalized,
like Wallace Stevens’ voice that rings just one year
before his death at 75? Or to be specific,
is this black-and-white poem speaking to itself?

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Merton Lee is the author of best-selling ebooks (a) One Thousand Gifts (Where Is God When It Hurts?) published free on Smashwords website, and (b) When Bad Things Happen to Good People (God is biting the bullet theodicy) . He is the well-known author of the Christian articles 'Footprints in the sand (New version year 2013) ' and 'Let's do something beautiful for God'. His poem 'The Road Not Taken' is read by thousands of readers.Born in Singapore in 1969, he is a Christian essayist for the past 10 years. He has studied, reflected on and practised the key insights of the perennial wisdom of Christianity and the major religions for 30 years. He works as a senior Accountant and Finance Manager for more than 20 years in the public sector, contributing his best years to public service.He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree, studying Philosophy, English Literature and Economics. He also obtained Masters degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance from UK (University of Leicester) and another Masters degree in Accountancy from an Australian University with distinguished results, qualifying as an Accountant. He is married for more than 20 years with two children. They live and work in Singapore.
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