Fowl Call

Fowl Call

Never Trust a Mockingbird –

Rhyming Spells on One Who Tells

I don’t think I can quite contain

The dizzy feeling, like champagne,

That overtakes me, full enthrall,

Each time a mockingbird may call.

Authentic secrets may be told

When he his beak does yet unfold.

Though lovable, he mocks what’s dear

By hawking gems for all to hear.

No fickle finch, he’s all afoot

To spill our stories, sow our soot.

Each quarrel, opportunity

For mockingbird’s impunity.

This feathered gossip finds a roost

And soon his gabby beak is loosed.

He’ll exercise Amendment right

On any ears within his sight.

What service may a secret bring,

If mockingbird begins to sing?

Mere life and peace will quickly flee

At his deliberate decree.

I wonder, does he mock all folk

Or only those he may provoke?

Herein’s the mystery, tale tall.

He’s not a mockingbird at all.

Posted for a variety of prompts:

Catchwords (“lovable,” “soot,” “authentic” and “secret”)

Meme Express (“mockingbird”)

Poetic Asides (April P.A.D. Challenge – “Never _____”)

Read Write Poem (NaPoWriMo – “I don’t think I can”)

Three Word Wednesday (“opportunity,” “quarrel” and “service’)

Totally Optional Prompts (“exercise”)

Weekend Wordsmith (“champagne”)

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  1. I, too, love the mockingbird. We have one who hang out in the back yard whose call sounds like a phone ringing.

  2. Ah, I like this! Descriptive and vibrant - clever, too!

  3. I like the sing-song way this builds. Very lyrical.

  4. Probably one of my favourite pieces this week. Brilliant imagery and love the last line.

  5. Love the "sound" of this one.

  6. The cadence does work very well. Thanks.

  7. haha NO? what is he??
    very sweet poem!

  8. Brilliant, as usual. Loved the "Authentic secrets" :)

  9. very impressed that you can roll the requirements of so many prompts into one (rhyming!) poem that reads well. Congratulations!