Wings, or: Claws

Poetry Partners #47

‘Wings’, a poem by Sarah of ‘Words and Coffee Writing’

Our Ameraucana chickens preside over their own half acre of lush grass,
claws scraping up dust to find each kernel of cracked corn we leave.
But they still jump over the fence once of year,
wings flailing, a flurry of feathers trailing,
to peck into tart crab apples that fall from the tree,
juice spraying their brown-gray feathers
as they poke and gouge the fallen fruit.

A ‘golden shovel’ by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

(in blank verse)

Stray cats on Israel's sidewalks are as
common as rats in New York City. They
forage through dumpsters; the bolder ones poke
at people's shins (desperate, no doubt) and
wrangle fiercely for scraps, trying to gouge
each other's eyes. It's survival of the
fittest on the street; the feline fallen
get disposed of, along with rotting fruit.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!


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22 thoughts on “Wings, or: Claws”

  1. Before I complete reading I went to see what is golden shovel. Amazingly you created pre- existing poem of Sarah’s poems last line. I think both poems state, Darwin’s theory’survival of the fittest’ dear David โค๏ธ

  2. A serious approach and poetic critique of the streets of Israel!
    And I wish to note that these environmental issues should
    Grasp the mind of poets , since it is the literati that can capture the
    Minds of the the general public to stimulate social cohesion
    For appropriate action which benefits everyone.

    Bravo to both minds at play
    ๐Ÿas they poke and gouge the fallen fruit๐Ÿ

    Well done
    Excellent
    Might of the Pen

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