The other day, a chorus of mockingbirds in a nearby tree brought back an earlier time when their notes were a familiar sound. Thomas Hardy's poem "The Selfsame Song" celebrates" the return of those we have lost in the bird song.
SELF SAME SO NG
A bird sings the selfsame song
With never a fault in its flow,
That we listened to here those long
Long years ago.
A pleasing marvel is how
A strain of such rapturous rote
Should have gone on thus till now
Unchanged in a note!
--But it's not the selfsame bird--
No: perished to dust is he...
As also are those who heard
That song with me.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.