Carrier Pigeon

29 Sep


Carrier Pigeon

Bird Lady has tossed her breads.
Clay pigeons, come leave your beds
time to stuff stool pigeon heads!

Dockyard pigeons, homing too
from bridge girders and the zoo
Pigeon Forgers, drop by, do!

Pigeon-chested, pigeon-toed
pigeon-heated by the road…
full tums all—that is the goad.

© 2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

Poetry Friday regulars will recognize the Jane Yolen-invented form of this ditty (a septercet: seven syllable lines, three lines to a stanza, any number of stanzas), my attempt to rise to this month’s challenge at Michelle Barnes blog Today’s Little Ditty.

(If you’re curious about what some of these pigeony figures of speech mean, check HERE.)

And now, I’m soon off to Bellingham and Poetry Camp! Hubby and I even did a reconnaissance trip a few weeks ago when I needed some software that was only available south of the border. On that outing we scouted the campus of WWU, so I even have my bearings (sort of).

See some of you this weekend!!


PF-2This post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Karen at Karen Edmisten: Mom. Writer. Consumer of Coffee (I like that last!).



Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Form poems, Light, Nature


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12 responses to “Carrier Pigeon

  1. Kimberley Payne

    September 30, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Reblogged this on Science & Faith Matters and commented:
    A fun poem about pigeons.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    September 30, 2016 at 7:42 am

    What a crazy fun photo and septercet, Violet! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pigeon bottoms at one time. 😀 I may not be a pigeon fancier, but I do fancy a clever pigeon poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    September 30, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Ha ha! You snooze you lose – don’t mess with a crow! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. katswhiskers

    October 1, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Great use of a perfect picture prompt, Violet.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. maryleehahn

    October 1, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Well played!

    So wish I could be in WA and meet you in person!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      October 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      Mary Lee, you would have loved it and felt to at home with man of the Poetry Friday poets there. It was indeed a very special weekend!


  6. Laura Purdie Salas

    October 1, 2016 at 7:05 am

    What fun! Hope you are all having a fabulous time in WA!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      October 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I so did, Laura. It would have been so wonderful to have you there. Maybe another time!


  7. Donna Smith

    October 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Wonderful words to weave into a septercet! Love the picture, too. Perfect pairing!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Kiesha Shepard

    October 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Incredible picture! Love all the pigeon talk!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Brenda Davis Harsham

    October 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Have fun, poetry-camper. Great pigeon-poem!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Linda Mitchell

    October 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Fantastic response to the challenge! Love all the ways to consider the word, the bird, the pigeon!

    Liked by 1 person


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