Inside the Mind of Isadora

Poem – I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tale

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Bird Peacock.web2015©photography by Isadora

Poem – I Saw A Peacock with a Fiery Tale

A well-known folk poem from 17th century England.
It’s a form of trick verse.

Read it straight forward manner and it sounds interesting surreal:

I saw a peacock with a fiery tail
I saw a blazing comet drop down hail
I saw a cloud with ivy circled around
I saw a sturdy oak creep on the ground
I saw an ant swallow up a whale
I saw a raging sea brimful of ale
I saw a Venice glass sixteen foot deep
I saw a well full of men’s tears that weep
I saw their eyes all in a flame of fire
I saw a house as big as the moon and higher
I saw the sun even in the midst of night
I saw the man that saw this wondrous sight

©tara books – text: anonymous

Bird Peacock 3.web2015©photography by Isadora

But, if the lines are broken up in the middle, everything falls into place.
I saw a peacock
with a fiery tail
I saw a blazing comet
drop down hail
I saw a cloud
with ivy circled around
I saw a sturdy oak

In this version of the classic poem language, art and design

come to play with these inversions.

They reveal and conceal, brilliantly mirroring the shifting ways

in which poetry creates meaning.
©tara books – text: anonymous

Bird Peacock 2.web2015©photography by Isadora

 I Saw a Peacock a Fiery Peacock

****** Peacock photographed at a wildlife zoo in Cartegena, Columbia.

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of whom I am no matter what venue I choose to express it.

4 thoughts on “Poem – I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tale

  1. You are so clever to point this out! Amazing, wise, Izzy… 🙂 ❤

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  2. Love the poems and the photos, did you get some feather? When I was a kid I went to some kind of peacocks farm, the floor was full of feathers, I got some and they are still at my parents houses, beautiful and shining after all these years.

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  3. Issy this is amazing, thank you!

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