Musing about Mockingbirds…

As I may have mentioned, my husband, Rob and I have been reading To Kill a Mockingbird together for the past couple of weeks. We would take turns reading aloud, alternating each chapter. Today, we finished the book which was somewhat fitting because, as it happens, today was Harper Lee’s birthday.

I have a lot of thoughts about the book. It’s always been one of my favorites but the process of reading it out loud with another person forces me to slow down and really pay attention to details I may have missed before.  (For example, I was never really aware of how cleverly the author connects Jem and Jim Robinson – both in terms of the busted arms but also in the fact that the verdict of the trial caused both of them to lose innocence, although in different senses of the word.)  But it is late and I don’t think I could really do justice to the topic.

I will just say Happy Birthday to Harper Lee and leave you all with this as today’s poem of the day:
By Judith Harris

I can hear him,
now, even in darkness,
a trickster under the moon,
bristling his feathers,
sounding as merry
as a man whistling in a straw hat,
or a squeaky gate
to the playground, left ajar
or the jingling of a star,
having wandered too far
from the pasture.


About Ciarrai

Hi. My name is Kerry but here online I tend to go by the Gaelic version of my name, Ciarrai. I am a woman in my mid-30's who lives on Long Island, NY, with my husband, Rob, several guitars, a Nikon D40, more yarn, beads and books than I care to admit to and a cat who has a million nicknames and quite a few theme songs. I have a B.A. in Psychology and have recently returned to college to pursue a teaching degree so that I can eventually get a job as a High School English teacher. In addition to my major obsessions (Reading, Beading, Knitting, Music and Photography), I also enjoy playing Board Games, going to Renaissance Faires, Museums and Broadway Musicals.
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1 Response to Musing about Mockingbirds…

  1. Daniel Romo says:

    I teach high school English and wrote a poem about that and TKAM. Thought you might like it. 🙂 Good luck in your pursuit. Best, Daniel

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