General Poetry posted June 27, 2010

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Common black and white noisy birds.


by Aussie

Along the road the magpies walk
With hands in pockets, left and right.
They tilt their heads, and stroll and talk.
In their well-fitted black and white

They look like certain gentlemen
Who seem most nonchalant and wise
Until their meal is served - and then
What clashing beaks, what greedy eyes!

But not one man that I have heard
Throws back his head in such a song
Of grace and praise - no man nor bird.
Their greed is brief; their joy is long.
For each is born with such a throat
As thanks his God with every note.


A modern sonnet about the common black and white magpies. In the breeding season they are known to 'bomb' humans and can be quite aggressive.
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