A peaceful, sunny afternoon rudely disturbed
by a cacophony of cackling caws
A mockingbird duo swooped and darted
mercilessly at and around the solitary crow
as he walked, peacefully on the grass
He took flight avoiding their swift air maneuvers
They dive-bombed and climbed back up
and then drove him back to the ground
No chicks present in a nest to protect
I was as confused as he
He pecked at the grass nonchalantly
in hope they would move on
They noisily persisted
but the crow did not fight back
Eventually their fun turned to a lone cat
and the the patient, clever crow departed
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Bjorn is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us
'If you like you can use dissonance only in a part of your poem. I think it would make it even more effective. Think about dissonance a bit like the sound of chalk on a blackboard on the first day of summer'
The world of birds is not a kind and pleasant one.
It depends on the type of birds I think. These ones just like to bicker 😧
Any type of bullying strikes a dissonant chord with me! I like your poem, Christine 🙂
Yes, even if it’s birds, it is still worrying. They don’t hurt each other though. It’s like a bickering habit 🦅☺️
A form of interaction…like married couples or siblings – ha!
Yes friendly jabs. 🤣
Love all the cachophony and noise among the birds. How clever of the crow to just calmly be and leave.
Thanks Grace. They never hurt each other either. The mockingbirds just seem to like taunting the crows!
Great concept and wonderful description💓
Thank you Laiba ☺️💕
At our west coast, the crows bully the seagulls. Never seen a pacifist amongst them; loved your poem though.
Thank you anonymous! There is obviously a pecking order in the bird world! 🦅 Lol 😆
A pacifist crow ~~~ love it!!
Thanks Helen ☺️💕 I am having the Devil of a time commenting on your blog unless it is anonymous. It on,y seems to work when I’m on my laptop. Ipad is difficult. I loved your response to Bjorn’s prompt last night about Mothers and Daughters ☺️💕
I know, poor crow ☺️💕
I like how you created dissonance around the centre of crow at peace
Thanks Laura. I see it so often and it always makes me feel bad for the crows. No one gets hurt , it’s just bullying, because they can.
They may be just jabs….but it surely has a mental impact…
Oh I’m sure it does Ain. We would certainly be I’m packed by it so why not Crows. I keep telling myself they are so smart, there must ne a reason they don’t retaliate.
Impacted by it … not I’m packed by it! Lol auto spell 🤦♀️