Alarm Call

Alarm Call

He drills for food at break of dawn
Woodpecker’s schedule already drawn
Woken rudely from my reverie
Before I can barely release a yawn
A beautiful sight high on the oak tree
His red tuft bright and feathery
It’s a wonder his head doesn’t ache
If only he could work in a lower key
It must be a tough job for Woody
Does his beak ever get bloody?
Why doesn’t he dig for worms? 
Then perhaps I wouldn’t be so moody
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Frank is hosting at D'Verse Poets Pub and our challenge
tonight is covering the Rubaiyat.

Rhyme schemes
The original Persian rhyme schemes were AABA or AAAA.
I chose AABA for my attempt at this form.

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  31 comments for “Alarm Call

  1. February 9, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    A nice light- hearted approach to the prompt. I see one once in awhile in my back yard. Interesting to watch but yes, not the best alarm clock to wake up to.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 9, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Mish. I really appreciate it. 🙂

  2. February 3, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Love it! 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 3, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much Bette 💕

  3. February 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Fun piece… mr Woody can be quit a nuisance I think

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  4. February 2, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Hah! You have me smiling with this one! Good question… guess would be that woodpeckers get giant head aches! Perhaps we should pitch this image and idea for a commercial for Advil??? 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

      I live that idea! Very funny 🙂
      Thanks for reading Lillian

  5. February 2, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful! I watch them gather in my tree every morning. In addition to the Gila woodpeckers, I am also seeing Northern Flickers.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

      How beautiful! You are lucky 👍💕

      • February 2, 2019 at 9:54 am

        Yes, truly blessed. 🙂

  6. February 1, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Fun poem, Christine. Woodpeckers are amazing. A wonder how they keep their head on.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Yes, amazing little creatures. 💕🙂 Thanks Jordy

  7. February 1, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    This was wonderful Christine. I love woodpeckers. When we lived in the Cascade foothills of Oregon, the big red crested Pileated’s were always pecking at the giant old-growth conifers that surrounded our house. And always seemed they were in pairs. I enjoyed reading this and the phito was great! I got inspired by Frank’s rubaiyat thing and posted two – one dark, one light. Both of mine follow Frost’s 8-syllable line format.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 2, 2019 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Rob! Yes, they are fascinating birds and always fun to hear them drilling. Although not at 6 am 😑 I’ll check out your poems now. 💕☺️

  8. February 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve wondered the same thing about those woodpeckers that I’ve encountered: “It’s a wonder his head doesn’t ache”

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      I think Nature took care of their anatomy so that doesn’t happen 🙂 Lol

  9. February 1, 2019 at 11:26 am

    I enjoyed this poem and the questions you raised. You would think worms would be more easily accessable!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      I think they drill for insects 🙂 I guess they they don’t dig for earth worms.

      • February 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm

        Yes, and the sapsuckers drill to drain sap out of the tree to drink!

      • Christine Bolton
        February 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

        Amazing isn’t it? 🙂

  10. February 1, 2019 at 10:25 am

    It is a tough job for Woody. Love the sounds that they make though.

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Yes! They sound like machinery 🙂 I find it amazing!

  11. February 1, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Love your subject matter. You have worked well with this form

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks V.J. It was a light hearted attempt 🙂

      • February 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm

        We all have to start somewhere….

      • Christine Bolton
        February 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm


  12. February 1, 2019 at 5:39 am

    pretty subject, love the woodpeckers tenacity and your rhyming was lovely!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Thanks dear friend 🙂💕 I really love their wake up call.

  13. February 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Woody is quite the character isn’t he. Nice job, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      February 1, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Thanks Lisa. I noticed many responding to the challenge used birds as their muse, so I did too! 🙂

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