Grace Cavalieri: A Field of Finches Without Sight Still Singing

A Field of Finches Without Sight Still Singing

“That song comes from sorrow there is no doubt.

Bullfinches in ancient times had eyes put out

so they would sing more sweet. Think of

those black beads dropped to earth coming

to seed flowers turning inward every single

one of them without its sight.

Stories say that moving in the wind they

made up song as if nothing had been lost and

this rings long into the night. Every sound

we hear turns to a bigger one and each is

true. We add our own until it is the first

din ever heard, the way poetry begins.”

—Grace Cavaliieri.

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