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Beijing Magpie

29 Apr

magpie in smog

Beijing Magpie

“May the magpie of happiness return to roost in our trees” – Chinese saying

Pica pica please don’t fly away
Our smoggy air is not a Four Pest ploy.
For health, good fortune, wedded bliss please stay.
We need your dapper black and white for joy.

So you are thief, rogue, louder than a jay
deceptive, sneaky, flashy, brash and coy.
Bold happy bird don’t disappear in grey.
Without you I won’t be a lucky boy!

© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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Prompt – Inspiration
This is another poem inspired by one of the photos in the Shadows and Silhouettes collection from the Boston Globe. This poem was in response to photo is #24

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VintagePADThis April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Just one more day and we’re done with posting this collection. It’s gone by quickly. Thanks for dropping by!

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Posted by on April 29, 2017 in Ekphrastic, Nature, People

 

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2 responses to “Beijing Magpie

  1. Ramona

    April 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    A four pest ploy – I totally enjoyed the background info you provided with the link. I taught Red Scarf Girl to our sixth graders when we studied China, but had never heard of the Four Pests. Love these words: “We need your dapper black and white for joy.”

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      April 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks, Ramona! It was interesting to discover that the magpie was considered quite a lucky bird in China. Yet in other places, it’s thought to be a huge pest. They are handsome birds, but rascally too, at least here in Canada.

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