Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

starlings

Photo by Joan Thirlaway, Pinterest; Murmuration of Starlings

When parliament
convenes the owls
set forth proof
of the ravens’
unkindness and
demand they explain
their behavior or face
a murder of crows.
 
Even the ostentation
of peacocks doesn’t
override the siege that
is felt by not only the
herons but by all the
shore birds, not least
of all a raft of ducks
which also include
those who are paddling.
 
The deceit of lapwings
will no longer be suffered!
And if it wasn’t for the
tidings of compassion
from the magpies, this
gathering could have
turned into an out-of-
control bevy of quail
(and we all know what
that can entail)!

 
A brood of hens,
one cast each of
hawks and falcons,
a congregation of
plovers and a colony
of penguins will hear
the testimony against
said ravens’ alleged

unkindness.
 
Murmurations will be
held to a minimum
by the starlings and
a host of sparrows
will keep tittering
under tight control.
Snickering and
chortles will be dealt
with harshly!
 
As the assembly
gathers and we
look around the
courtroom, we see
the skein of geese
(all gaggled)
gathered in the corner
quietly knitting away
as it helps them
contain their stress.
Poor dears!
A bouquet of
pheasants have
added a sweet
aroma to the
proceedings—
something we direly
needed.
 
A kettle of hawks,
just off from riding
the thermals, watch
pointedly.
A decent descent
of woodpeckers
arrive and take their
seats that are made
of knotty pine,
their favorite.
Just a wisp of snipe
make their appearance,
shyly to the back row.
The larks excitedly
exclaim with
exaltation but are
quickly shushed
by the muster of
storks whose sour
faces startle
the defendants.
 
Hear ye, hear ye!
A flight of swallows
around the rafters
brings the court
to order, the
woodcocks fall silent
and the attorney
for the defense
begins his arguments.

Join us at dVerse Poets for Poetics as De invites us to write on the interesting names for groups of birds.  I admit I went overboard and used her entire list!

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  1. Ha … this was a hoot… what a wonderful fun in that courtroom… But I wonder what the verdict will be..the jury is out I guess.

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  2. Wow! You absolutely nailed it 😀

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  3. WOW Gayle ~ I so enjoyed it as it read like a child’s story ~ I can imagine the scene in the room with all those groups of birds ~ You more than aced this prompt 🙂

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  4. Rather ambitious and right on the nose! An impressive write and a jaunty read. Love it, Gayle.

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  5. Oh, my! You squoze so many awesome group words in here! I love it! My favorite:
    “tidings of compassion
    from the magpies”

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  6. Well this poem ‘takes the cake,’ Gayle. You have described a whole political situation with your birds. You have set a wonderful scene and played it to the fullest.

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  7. How I love this poem full of birds – ALL the birds! Loved it, Gayle! Made me smile.

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  8. Glenn Buttkus

     /  March 22, 2016

    Like myself, you used a raft of birds & collective nouns, but your piece had the levity mine seemed to lack; bravo, applause, smile.

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  9. Order in the court! A delightful (if raucous) scene of avian jurisprudence…smiled at the skein of geese knitting in the corner to de-stress 🙂

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  10. You’ve taken all the works beautifully together Gayle! Very exhaustively done.

    Hank

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  11. Wow! That was amazing. Loved how you used the group names and their normal meanings at the same time.

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  12. What a sight!! I could visualize it all and when you broke into “Hear ye! Hear ye!”, it all came together. Court in session! This was fantastic and I can appreciate the work you put into it. 🙂

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  13. This is so funny. 🙂

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  14. oh….smiling I am! VERY late to the bar (one of our last days here in Bermuda and Bermuda tempts and beguiles me away from pen and reading)….but soooo glad to read this over my second cup of coffee. Chuckling clever! LOVE this! I think you’ve written the scene and script for a Disney animated short! 🙂

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    • I totally understand being lured away from writing by the beauty and sights of Bermuda, Lillian. Enjoy those last days! So glad you enjoyed my overboard poem of bird groupings. It was fun to write. That would be great if Disney wanted to use it! 🙂

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  15. Oh my! This is very good!

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  16. How brilliant is this! You too the prompt to new heights. Fly away!

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  17. I am so impressed by this and it inspired me to write my own but have been so busy and so am a bit late responding to yours. I don’t teach anymore but it would be such fun to use your poem with kids. What a courtroom drama!

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  18. ugh.. yes.. rules.. regulations
    city council
    presidential
    election all the same
    birds fly
    free of human insane..;)

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