Sunday, 6 June 2010

Coo coo



So this week's Poetry Bus task was set by the Weaver of Grass and was a straightforward one (write about flora or fauna). I went for some nature quite close to home.


A pair of

Suburban wood pigeons
More garden than wood
More fat than flustered
More lazy than me

They get up late (for birds)
Build a half-arsed nest
Ignore the flitting
Of blackbirds and starlings

There's plenty to eat
No need for inner city squabbling
They get plump and so comfy
Doze long days in the sun


RF 2010

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26 comments:

Argent said...

I think they have relatives in our garden! I like this wry look at these sky-rats (not fond of birds, pigeons especially, for some reason).

Rachel Fox said...

Oh Argent...I have a long and sorry history with pigeons (the image I chose for the post is a hint!). The two in our garden are softening my loathing and disgust though...well, a bit.
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Rachel Fox said...

Oh, I forgot terror.
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Jeanne Iris said...

Rachel, I love the concise quality of this one! The photo of The Birds reminds me of an encounter I once had with a mocking bird during nesting season...Yikes!

Eryl Shields said...

Apart from the fact that you name the birds at the start this really reminds me of an Anglo-Saxon riddle. I love those riddles.

The Solitary Walker said...

Just returned from Sicily where thousand-strong flocks of half-starved pigeons were raiding the fields... Think those plump woodies have an easy life here in the UK!

Like the poem.

The Solitary Walker said...

PS There's something Larkin-esque about the Starling-nest 1st 2 lines of your 2nd verse, isn't there?

The Solitary Walker said...

Just scanned your latest posts - been away from Blogworld these past few weeks - and I'd just like to say how sorry I am to hear about your mum's death. Having lost my own parents over recent few years, I kind of know a little of what you are going through - as much as anyone can presume to know such things.

Crafty Green Poet said...

oh this really made me laugh, perfect! half arsed nest, hilarious!

crazyfieldmouse said...

how lovely, they just do don't they:-)
thanks for sharing
cfm

Rachel Fox said...

I'm doing well - a concise, Larkinesque Anglo-Saxon riddle!

I've observed our pair of pigeons quite a lot this year - partly because I've been at home more I suppose...doing a lot of sitting around and waiting for one thing or another (me, not them). I laughed one morning when I was awake for all the dawn chorus...and then heard the pigeons...several hours later! Also I watched one of the pigeons attempt to negotiate a stick back home to its nest not long back. My kind of birdwatching...and good therapy for someone who's hated pigeons a lot over the years. I've never minded small birds but anything pigeon-sized or bigger has given me endless bother in the past. She should see me run from peacocks!

Thanks for your message SW. It's been a tough couple of months...intense, hard work, emotional...particularly intense of course because she lived here with us. We miss her a lot.

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Rachel Fox said...

You can tell I'm tired - there's a 'she' up there that should be a 'you'.
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hope said...

Why is it that most birds have some facet of beauty and yet pigeons make everyone think of disease and pestilence? :)

Nicely done...that poster brought back some childhood memories. I watched it on late night tv [wasn't suppose to] and I looked at birds funny for a week.

Rachel Fenton said...

I can make a pigeon coo by blowing through my hands!

Hmn...syntax error....

Very refreshing to read "half arsed nest" of a pigeon parallel poem.

The Bug said...

We don't have pigeons living in our yard, but goodness at the fat doves! And they aren't afraid of anything - giving you the evil eye if you venture into their territory.

Titus said...

Wow! This is a a concise, Larkinesque Anglo-Saxon riddle of a poem.

Loved it. Especially the "(for birds)".

And a fabulous poster to illustrate just how keen Hitchcock could be about our deepest, irrational fears.

This is a really fun Bus so far!

Gwei Mui said...

I love this it's cheeky, impish, the half arsed nest says it all for me. We have plenty of pigeons like this near where I live -fat and foot deformed! There is somethng very intriguing, about your work it is riddle like making you want to dg a little deeper

Rachel Fox said...

Some pigeons have gone urban to such an extent that we have quite a different relationship with them now (seagulls the same in seaside places like this). They wander about the towns and cities - spooking us out (well, me anyway - I've had big bird phobia since primary school), eyeballing us and sneering 'you think this landscape is yours..well, it's not, it belongs to us.' (insert evil baddie laugh). That's one reason I wanted to write about these less threatening cousins.

Funnily enough I didn't find 'The Birds' scary at all - the feathered ones just didn't look real enough. If someone remade it with the effects they can do now it would probably be a different story though!

Gwei Mui - I like the idea of being intriguing. It makes a change from just bloody annoying. And I like impish even more!

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NanU said...

I'm with you in the dislike for pigeons, at least groups of, hordes of, lousy greedy mobs of, pigeons. Just one or two per square km they can be okay.
But, if there is so much for them to eat, just as well they're there to eat it, isn't it? Now we need something to eat them.

Emerging Writer said...

you're spot on with the lazy pigeon. I do love the woodpigeon coo though,

Niamh B said...

I like this Rachel, think I like the sound of their lifestyles alot... oh to be a wood pigeon

Poetikat said...

That's them exactly! They are lazy, aren't they? I LOVE the half-arsed nest line.

Kat

Peter Goulding said...

I've always drawn a line between town pigeons and wood pigeons - hate the former, quite like the latter. Delighted to see the latter are lazy and build half-arsed nests! Thought this was going to be about Alvin Stardust from the title...

The Weaver of Grass said...

Just the kind of gentle observation that I like Rachel. Quite right about the 'half-arsed' - two have built in our Scots Pines and their nest (two sticks across and a little bit of moss) is so flimsy that their eggs drop straight through and break in the grass.

BarbaraS said...

Coo ee! Nice to see you back at it :)

Rachel Fox said...

Thanks all...we've had visitors for the past couple of days...no blogging time!
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