Today at dVerse, Kelly is our bartender and is giving the prompt for our poems. We are to write a narrative poem using Mockingbird as the theme. Come join us for this varied and natural musical prompt for our poems. http://dversepoets.com/2016/02/23/poetics-listen-to-the-mockingbird/
The brown thrasher and the mockingbird
have been friends for several years.
Both are loners with no mates.
I think of them as two bachelor buddy buskers
sitting on the wire or in the bushes
serenading us with their songs,
happy for any food tossed as their fee.
The thrasher is a bit OCD as he has to imitate
every sound twice before going on to the next sound.
the mockingbird is a bit of a free spirit
singing at will but many times
they end up singing in harmony –
sometimes a wandering duet
and sometimes an operatic solo.
I have spent several years teaching them
the first six notes of the musical theme
for the XFiles.
Sometimes they oblige, sometimes they
listen as I whistle my human best.
But all the birds know:
the bluebirds, goldfinches, cardinals,
blue jays, the several nut thatches that
come and perch on my shoulder or on the
chair across from me and peck bits
from my outheld hand.
When they all hear those notes,
The food is out there.