Bird Chorus

Bird Chorus

Birds perch on countless branches, each a separate bell
ringing out the cadence of stories they must tell.
Around them, eerie silence, for no other sounds compete.
No calls of children playing. No pattering of feet

up and down the pavement. No playing girls and boys,
for all the busy humans, infamous for their noise,
are staying in their houses and no amount of blustering
from their scattered leaders is bound to stop their clustering.

Families draw in closer as friends all fade away
into their particular intentions for the day.
Offices turn cyber. Schools are merely screens.
Mothers sit at kitchen tables, perusing magazines.

Fathers pace on carpets and worry about money.
How are they to make it now that the world’s gone funny?
Now and then, the silence split open by a bell
tolling for the human race who haven’t done too well

at going with the scheme of things. They prefer to take over,
making malls and parking lots out of fields of clover.
Trashing up the landscape. Peppering the tide
with their plastic mountains grown too big to hide.

Is it any wonder how nature responds?
We’ve held her prisoner long enough. She’s sloughing off her bonds.
She’s given us broad hints, but still we do not mind her.
So she’s erasing her mistakes and putting us behind her.

 

Prompt words today are countless branches, amount, eerie, infamous and bell.

3 thoughts on “Bird Chorus

  1. bushboy

    Without branches the birds would have no where to sit. Great gallery of birds and branches Judy.
    To me the last line could be
    So she’s erasing OUR mistakes and putting us behind her
    Thanks for joining in my prompt

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Yes.. as well as her mistake in inventing us in the first place. As for branches, I have no dearth of photos of birds on fence posts, light poles, telephone lines, rocks, piers and rain gutters of buildings. A few even sneaked into this posting..But yes, there’s just something more poetic about birds in trees…

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