“A Dish of Skylarks”


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To the East….

Paul Scribbles over at Poetics — dversepoets.com.  What does ‘grace’ mean to you?  I can think of numerous things, but chose this poem below.

Lady Nyo



A dish of skylarks

Fell from the blue

into my lap,

And I, ravenous with

A multitude of hungers-

Ate them.


Between burps

one did escape,

shook himself,


And offered a feather.


I thought it gracious

Considering what I had done

To his neighbors.

The grace of life

Elegant, sublime, stirring

Come into my soul.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2018

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16 Responses to ““A Dish of Skylarks””

  1. Frank J. Tassone Says:

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #7: Lady Nyo’s latest poetic #haibun for #dversepoets!

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  2. kanzensakura Says:

    What lovely poem Jane. It sounds almost Dickinson-ian in its tone. Full of grace.

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  3. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Toni. I wasn’t so sure about the grace part. lol. haven’t felt it much…. I’ll be over later. xox


  4. Frank Hubeny Says:

    That’s a very nice tale and includes forgiveness at least from the skylark’s perspective. The one eating may now have a problem with self-forgiveness.

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  5. ladynyo Says:

    Hopefully so!~ LOL! Thanks. Frank. Grace is something you have to study…at least for me.

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  6. paul scribbles Says:

    Love this. Reads like a myth.

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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    The contrast between the single feather and that carnivore theme of eating skylarks is splendid… grace need darkness to be seen

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  8. purplepeninportland Says:

    Grace found in odd places.


  9. ladynyo Says:

    Yep, Exactly! Thanks for reading!

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Paul. I’ll be over later. Having problems with wind, cold and electricity!


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Yep, I think you are right, Bjorn. Grace needs darkness to be seen. Never thought about it like that an I have struggled with the issue of ‘grace’ because I don’t follow religion. But grace is so much broader than that. Thanks, Bjorn. Having intermittent problems with power because of the cold and wind. Be over later.


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