The Swallow and The Blackbird (Namesake Suite)

The original version of The Swallow and the Blackbird has been published in All of Me Vol. V, courtesy of Shadow Spark Publishing. Featured art is by Brooke Shaden.

Listen to The Swallow and the Blackbird by Richard Charles Stevens

Listen to Blackbird by The Beatles

Riddle me this
A keepsake kiss to remember you by when I’m gone
Should I die then I won’t be gone long
For I know now of where I belong
Having heard the blackbird in full song
.
It was snagged on a bough in the here and the now
Then appeared to have since fled the scene
It was everywhere about me
Unseen yet profoundly
Thus proceeded then to kneel within the leaves
.
Gazed up at the treasured trees
Still they painted evergreen
The same portrait that hung in pride of place within forever dreams
.
And when the night became of day
We huddled in our haven safe
Within the hollow of the oak
The swallow and the blackbird woke
.
The wind pinned back their only hope
To carry forth a souvenir
Before their ashes disappeared
.
Returned to hear the blackbird sing
To learn the secret of its wing
To turn my eye towards the skies
As high above the quartz
It flies
.
Dwarfing space
Relacing time
The swallow and the blackbird climb
.
Two bottle rockets caught between their altered course awhile
.

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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