Red Cardinal

Red Cardinal

Drops of blood
on virgin snow
Cardinals
vivid in beauty
of plumage
drawing the eye
to magnificence
Red swatches
of boldness
on leafless boughs
Harbingers
of the message
to be heard
Taking flight
towards the sun
Lifting with them
the spirits
of those who see
and understand
their color
and meaning


Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight
and has prompted us with all things RED
I chose the Cardinal


Image by Joan Greenman from Pixabay 

  27 comments for “Red Cardinal

  1. March 31, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    There have been so many of these beauties and their mates at the feeder lately. I wondered what they were saying 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      They are gorgeous aren’t they. Yes, I wonder what they were saying!

  2. March 31, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    A beautiful picture and a wonderful poem

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you so much Sadje

      • April 1, 2020 at 12:30 am

        You’re welcome 😉

  3. March 31, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Loved this photo and your wonderful poem. While we are in self-isolation on our country property we enjoy our winged visitors who are oblivious to what is going on in the human world. Although we could do with less screeching cockatoos in large numbers which seen to greet the dawn and twilight hours!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 31, 2020 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you so much. What a lovely image you gave me. I used to own a cockatoo some years ago. He could certainly screech! Yes we are in isolation too but not as remote as you. We keep our distance and wear masks and gloves if we have to go to the grocery store. Please take care of yourself and stay safe

      • April 3, 2020 at 6:29 pm

        We also owned a cockatoo when I was a young girl. He came with the house we bought. He sang church hymns and never swore!
        Yes, we are in Level 3 restrictions – basically stay home unless it is essential. So blessed to live in a beautiful place in the country. Wet day today so maybe a good day to play around with my photos and write a blog. Take care!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm

        Yes we too have the same restrictions. We just wander to the store every now and again for necessary items and then amuse ourselves at home, reading, writing and doing stuff around the house that makes us happy. We have adapted well as have you I see 🙂🥰 PS our cockatoo was obnoxious! He hated my son and would start a war dance with feathers up on end and he would bow and strut around like there was no tomorrow! He would do this every time my son came home and if he was out of the cage he would fly across the room and peck at his feet! He was nicknamed Indian (Indy) after that!
        Stay safe ☺️

      • April 4, 2020 at 1:58 am

        That Cocky sounds like one feral bird Christine! You stay safe too. Self-isolation is a good idea today because the weather is wild with wind and lashing rain!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 4, 2020 at 8:41 am

        You too 🥰

  4. April 1, 2020 at 4:04 am

    Lovely poem! And a beautiful picture as well!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Thank you Rashi 😊

      • April 1, 2020 at 11:00 am

        My pleasure, Christine.

      • April 1, 2020 at 11:44 am

        My pleasure, Christine!

  5. April 1, 2020 at 9:41 am

    love the contrast of red on white and harbingers of a message, that really emphasises their boldness

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Gina. Yes, they are vivid against the snow in wintertime that’s why they are known as a Christmas bird here. I read that the sightings of cardinals can bring luck 🙂

      • April 1, 2020 at 6:51 pm

        may they bring you luck an joy!

      • Christine Bolton
        April 1, 2020 at 7:19 pm

        Thank you dear Gina. I wish that for you too 🙂

  6. April 1, 2020 at 9:48 am

    Your imagery in the first two lines is so grabbing. #Remebering

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Jay.

  7. Sherry Marr
    April 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    They are such beautiful birds. I have never seen one, it must be wonderful.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Yes Sherry they are magnificent. You have to stop and watch them as they are so pretty. Obviously the male is the most handsome because he is bright red. The females have a little more brown in the plumage. 🙂

  8. April 1, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I like how those cardinals lift one’s spirit.

    • Christine Bolton
      April 1, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Almost impossible for them not to when you consider the beauty of their color. Thanks Frank.

  9. April 2, 2020 at 5:51 am

    We don’t see cardinals here but thanks for this hopeful scene, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      April 4, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you Lynn. They are gorgeous when you see them 🙂💕

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