Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Birder's Tales (Poem)

Birder's Tales


Election night returns:

a conclave of cardinals,
a new pope seeing red.


Black crests bobbing
on a moon-full night:

a crazed crowd of crows.


Blue-jacketed jays
tipsy on acorns:

a jazz joint in the oaks.


Evening Grosbeak:

sun tumbling
among sunflower seeds.


Spring's torchbearers:

Baltimore orioles
strutting in flame-orange dress.


Oldest game-bird ritual:

mourning doves playing
telephone tag.

© 2011 Maureen E. Doallas

This series of bird-themed poems was sparked by L.L. Barkat's post here. Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!


L.L. Barkat said...

Yes! :) I could feel the origin of the inspiration before I even clicked through.

I love your many-colored birds :)

Brian Miller said...

i think i would rather be the blue jays...haha...nice flight with the birds you take us on maureen...

Jerry said...

Hitchcock never saw this side of birds did he. Love it.

Beachanny said...

I love this. I would embroider it on a pillow and give it to a friend, if I still embroidered. These birds are visitors to my sometimes, many (Cardinals, Bluejays, Crows, and Orioles) have nests. You captured them beautifully.

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah Blue Jays are for me, stupid Yankees..haha.. I know went off there, but Blue Jays work for me either way.

S. Etole said...

I recognized your cast of characters!

hedgewitch said...

Perfectly captured pictures in these economical word portraits of the larger planetary life that goes on around us (and within us if we pay attention.) Delightful.

jen revved said...

such gentle but sharp and focused attention here, Maureen. What are the chances we would have the same bird in our poems on the same day? xxxxj A beautiful cascade of imagery...xxxj

wayside word garden said...

Love your colorful cast! Lovely scenes. I enjoyed the alliteration in your poem.

Shashi said...

Dear Maureen
Ahh!! I loved all of them but then my heart tumbles with the sunflowers... and the evening grosbeak...

thanks for sharing such lovely imagery...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

Yousei Hime said...

Pairing birds with people brings them closer to the reader. This was a delight to read.

Charles Elliott/Beautyseer said...


Glynn said...

I love the back and forth of this -- the connectedness and the "conclave of cardinals."

Wayne Pitchko said...

loved tham all too...thanks for sharin this

Wayne Pitchko said...

a rich dance indeed