Bird of Knowing

Idiophone: Bird of Prophecy (ahianmwen-oro)
16th–19th century (CC0)

Ahianmwen-oro – Messenger Bird,

The sound of you shaken –

Brings prophetic word.

In ritual acts, you bring from the sky,

Glimpses of the fate – empowering the king –

His people to bond, and even time – to defy.

With ceremony and trust –

The rhythmic bronze bird –

Helps shape history –

As its people are stirred.

 

Padre

 

Daily Writing Prompt: Ahianmwen-oro

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