The Birds in My Heart by A.D. Labuschagne

Quaz | September 10th, 2021 | poetry | 2 Comments


The birds
In my heart
Are numerous
As the stars

Numerous are
My scars
I hide them well
But I don’t mind
Your eyes
Your gaze
Beyond the

Kismet, cosmic
All is well
In me
Is not that bad
Eventually things get better

Unlike Bukowski
My birds are not blue
They vary in shape, size
And hue
And the only thing I want
To inhale
Is more of you

I do not pour
On them

I let them sing

I let their cries
And ring
Throughout the
Of this soul

I am not whole

I will never be

But you make
Me feel
Like I’m not that

And perhaps
Its fine if the world
Doesn’t see
The inward migration
And I prefer it that way

But you…

You can come
Watch the birds
You want

Poet Bio

Andre Darius Labuschagne is a poet, musician, and pastor from Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently involved with various church movements – and his theological and philosophical beliefs are reflected in his poems. A recovering drug addict, his poetry also explores themes of mental illness, substance abuse, finding God, and the process of growing towards completeness.

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2 thoughts on “The Birds in My Heart by A.D. Labuschagne”

  1. I love this so much. Especially dig the reference back to Bukowski and his bluebird. Have rated it five stars. Thank you

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