Bluebird of Happiness

The Bluebird of Happiness given to me by my sister. Photo by Cheryl Batavia.

Blue Bird of Happiness

My mother admired the glassmaker’s art;

the Bluebird of Happiness sang in her heart…

mesmerizing, sparkling, azure,

the iconic bluebird was Mom’s treasure.

To me, the bluebird was gaudy kitsch,

not something for which I’d ever wish!

My sister, however, had a different view

of the iconic collectibles in blue.

When the glassworks stopped operation,

my sister stocked up in anticipation

of spreading a lot of happiness around.

She offered me a bluebird; I turned her down.

One morning, having changed my mind.

I told my sister, if she would be so kind,

I would like a bluebird after all.

She certainly wasn’t expecting that call!

My sister sent me a bluebird in the mail,

and every morning, without fail,

like my mother and sister before me,

I hear the bluebird’s cheerful melody.


CopyrightΒ© 2022 by Cheryl Batavia

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55 Comments

  1. Lovely. Experiencing a bit of reverse at the moment having to deal with all the hundreds and hundreds of kitsch items in my mother’s estate. I took a few “bluebirds” if you will for the remembrance, but overwhelmed with the rest. Looks like your sister knew you would come around ha!

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  2. That is so sweet β€πŸ˜ƒ
    Love that bluebird. Hope you’ll continue to hear the bluebird’s cheerful melody.
    Have a lovely weekend, Cheryl. Love & Hugs.

    How’s Robert Doing? And did you find the apartment?

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    1. Ritish, your kind words touch my heart. ❀ I am happy to report that my son will be moving to his new apartment in Louisiana the first week in August. He will be visiting me for a couple of days on his way there. I wish he could be closer, but he will be closer to his sisters there, which is a good thing. πŸ™‚

      Robert has avoided having the surgery with a new treatment. We are glad about that. Thank you for asking. ❀

      Thank you for your good wishes. Wishing you a wonderful weekend as well! ❀

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      1. That is some good news Cheryl. I’m happy he found his apartment, and don’t worry, he’ll always be close to you.

        And I’m sure too this new treatment for Robert will work out.

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    1. Thank you, Michel. The stress is a lot less now knowing that my son has an affordable place to live and that Robert has avoided surgery. You and Janine, take good care of each other, and continue to be happy!
      Love ❀
      Cheryl

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  3. What a sweet poem affirming the right to change our minds! I have a glass bluebird like this one in my kitchen window, along with many other colored glass figures and bottles. I love how the light shines through them.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your love of colored glass and your ownership of the iconic bluebird, JoAnna! I also like colored glass vases, dishes, and now the bluebird in the sunny window. πŸ™‚ So happy you enjoyed the poem. ❀ Have a great day!

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