Kelly DeMaegd’s “Heron” after Wink Gaines


Art of Poetry’s Kelly DeMaegd reads her poem in front of the Wink Gaines photograph that inspired her work at the event on December 12, 2016.  Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Kelly DeMaegd
after “Great Blue Heron Profile” by Wink Gaines

Assessing damage after a storm
I notice her at swollen river,
one pier over, dressed in shadow

blue, eyes, marble gems.
Her elegant legs lightly stride
weathered planks, stopping

at each moored boat. Stretching
to full height, then stooping low,
she studies barnacled bows,

canvas covers, south-facing prows
in perfect mockery
of my routine. Flapping slowly,

she surface skims, rises,
boasting feather-glint of silver,
writhing trout tightly taloned

on her twilight drift and swoop
to rookery, a brood to tend.
All I manage to mimic

is her hunched shoulders,
longing for flight
to a place I’ve never been.


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8 Responses to Kelly DeMaegd’s “Heron” after Wink Gaines

  1. Exhibiting the sculpture with the poem is delightful. A wonderful poem, Kelly! Miss you.

  2. Douglas Anne McHargue says:

    How I love that last stanza!

  3. patricia deaton says:

    Every word chosen perfectly, Kelly…a beautiful poem.

  4. Barbara & Benny says:

    Amazing & beautiful Kelly !!!!!! Makes me feel so unnecessary…. Never had taken time to read anything like that. My little mind just reads words to songs etc. 😊 👏 👍

    • Kelly DeMaegd says:

      Thank you for your kind comments! A poem is a song and songs are your expertise! You ROCK when it comes to music!

  5. Heidi says:

    Kelly, beautifully done! Had the profile not been on the wall, your poem still provoked the image of a heron. Loved it.

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