Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NPM: The Parrot

Madeleine L'Engle wrote more than just A Wrinkle in Time. For that matter, she also wrote more than just young adult science fiction/fantasy books. Among other things, she also published several books of poetry. Here is a piece from one of them!

The Parrot
Madeleine L'Engle (1918 - 2007)
Lovingly transcribed from The Weather of the Heart

It was better in the jungle.
There I could imitate
the sound of dawn.
I could speak with the voice
of many tongues
and even if I didn't understand
I was still, in a sense,
an interpreter.
I could call with the song
of setting stars.
I could whisper with the leaves
before rain.

It is not the cage
that prisons me.
I, who live by mimicry,
have been remade
in the image of man.

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