Beware, The Magpies Are Singing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Corvid – 2020 Weekly Challenge 13 (Final)


“There are many rhymes about magpies, but none of them is very reliable because they are not the ones that the magpies know themselves.” Terry Pratchett

Beware, The Magpies Are Singing

Like the sound of a drunken black cockatoo,
the windmill squeaks its grinding rotation,
tail flapping in the breeze
which cools the sweated skin,
it's early, but it's hotter than hell,
a sinister augury of the day's endurance
that only cold beer will quell at its end,
right now the magpies are singing their song,
carolling their advent of spring's enterprise
and the need to stay out of their range,
for they've hatched a plot for a geography
they intend to defend.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under bush walking, Country, farming, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

28 responses to “Beware, The Magpies Are Singing – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Msdedeng

    You have a talent for writing poems.

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  2. Although the poem engages in a quite serious way, I love the humorous thought of those magpies hatching their plot 🙂

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  3. I think the magpie bird is beautiful, but their song is not😄

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  4. The Muses turned the Pierides into magpies, so they would not dare to ever be so insolent again and they were forced to live out their lives as chattering birds.

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  5. The magpie plot? Sounds like the Pelican brief.

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  6. Another apt metaphor for these troubled times.

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  7. Thanks for updating my knowledge on magpies 🙂

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  8. A very good metaphor, Paul! And magpies never will leave places they’d conquered. 😉 Michael

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