Advice to a Blue-Bird
Who can make a delicate adventure
Of walking on the ground?
Who can make grass-blades
Arcades for pertly careless straying?
You alone, who skim against these leaves,
Turning all desire into light whips
Moulded by your deep blue wing-tips,
You who shrill your unconcern
Into the sternly antique sky.
You to whom all things
Hold an equal kiss of touch.
Mincing, wanton blue-bird,
Grimace at the hoofs of passing men.
You alone can lose yourself
Within a sky, and rob it of its blue!
This poem is in the public domain.
About this Poem
“Advice to a Blue-Bird” was published in Advice: A Book of Poems (Knopf, 1920).
Date Published: 2015-11-07
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/advice-blue-bird