Poem of the Day


Bird Watch


I find it disconcerting

alarming and alerting

the unashamed asserting of their glee


It is true they sound impressive

if not manic and aggressive

then undoubtedly excessive definitely


Their reaction is confusing

as I’m not at all amusing

it’s my ego they are bruising carelessly


Don’t they know it’s impolite

taking unabashed delight

cracking up at all in sight hysterically


With their cacophonic chorus

piercing skin that’s thin and porous

you would think that they abhor us certainly


But apparently this bird

whose refrain is so absurd

was created to confer a word of warning


To the spirits who reply

to the Kookaburra’s cry

lighting up the inky sky at dawn each morning


© Jackie Hosking

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