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Backyard Drama
by Ronald W. Hull
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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In my Houston suburban back yard, the critters think it's the Wild West. Be sure to click the link below to see how four got a free ride...

Backyard Drama

Sparrows fornicating on the fence.
Not the only ones offending,
without paying any rents.

Squirrel sneaks in on the sly,
birdfeeder seeds catch his eye,
dangling by his hindlegs from on high,
snatches seeds and spits them, bye.

Mockingbird sees that squirrel on the fence,
chases him relentlessly for that offense.
Has his own stash of asparagus fern seed.
Carefully rations the red berries to his need.

A sparrow returns with three larger chicks,
pecks at the bread, and then feeds her young,
regurgitating starch, some for each one.
"Yummy, mommy, can I have some?"

Mourning doves arrive to peck on the bread,
they built a nest, must keep their chicks fed.
A whole generation of birds now obese,
so fat they can't fly... what have we done?
Coo...coo... my oh, my... fat fun...!

Cat sneaks in to get his due, while a
mourning dove escapes into the window.
Dazed on the fence to gather its composure,
the bird somehow survives innuendo.

A cardinal thinks he has cardinal rule,
sees himself in the window and chases the fool.
Hits the window many times in anger,
the fool fools himself, sexy gang banger.
Lucky he doesn't die, the doppelgänger.

High on the wire a peregrine watches.
His nest is near, hidden in pine swatches.
Though never seen making a kill,
his chicks always get fed their fill.

Mud hens awkwardly fly to the line.
With orange legs gawkingly,
skewed out of time,
what reason, their ryhme.

Jihad has arrived from the sky,
large white splotches acidify,
on shiny new paint jobs,
"here's mud in your eye."

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/2/2012
Thank you for sharing the scene and happenings, Ron. Well done. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Valerie Caramella 5/31/2012
Hi Ron. Very creative poem. ~Valerie~
Reviewed by mark walters 5/14/2012
That's very witty. You have an aptitude for nuance. It's a good read. Void my reading group use it in our nursing home visits?


Mark Walters
Reviewed by J Lynn 5/11/2012
I liked this poem. I feed the birds and squirrels also. I watch them from my kitchen window and often take pictures. What you described is often what I see.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 5/6/2012
Delightful rhyme of the 'Backyard Drama' of nature.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 5/4/2012
Never thought of it as the wild west but you're right Ron, you are very observant.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/4/2012
It is amazing isn't it that we are so wrapped up in our own day to day lifes as humans that we often neglect to see a whole planet of living things living out their own dramas right in front of us. EXcellant write my friend.
Reviewed by Don Juan Amante 5/3/2012
so easy to picture the activity, well penned and enjoyed.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/3/2012
The dance of springtime. Always be prepared when looking up a bird. And you will never defeat the squirrel at the feeder. Patrick
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 5/1/2012
The very reason I try not to park under or near trees. I loved the rhythm of this piece and the rhyme was sublime, Ron. A treasure to read.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 5/1/2012
I Love This!!!! I have those white splotches too
and they christened my patio cushion! Those bird "pearls"
I love the rhythm and the dancing rhyme!! this is how it is
in my yard too...i gotta smile too since the whole bird fornication
is crazy! they nearly smack into me somedays cause they are so
"into each other" lol

Bird Songs & Water Basins
Reviewed by JMS Bell 4/30/2012
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 4/30/2012
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/30/2012
Wow! All that going on in your backyard!!! Good as a concert! Better!
Nicely done, Ronald.

Reviewed by Christine Tsen 4/30/2012
Such a rich array of nature presented in a highly creative way!
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/29/2012
Sooooooo loved the drama of
backyard played out in such
entertainment of words *Ron*

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/29/2012
RON ...

Reviewed by jude forese 4/29/2012
you've got some active backyard ... the drama is enhanced by your poetic prowess ...
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/29/2012
it is a riddle of multiplication Ron and I happen to really appreciate the way you've sprinkled it with humor and unique perspectives - you have sprung into action with the seasons change - I wish you love and peace my dear friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by Diana Wiles 4/29/2012
How much do you pay them for the show? lol You are lucky to have such wonderful entertainment and variety of animals/birds on your doorstep...
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 4/29/2012
I love the natural integrity of this piece. It brought me right there, and I enjoyed every word.

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 4/29/2012
Very witty. I get a strong sense of everything-is-connected in this piece. Great work.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/29/2012
charming, witty and so bloody intelligent;
your opening line's a gem and the final one
a killer! allow me share a little story
re that opening line: many many years ago
as i stepped out of the Sistine Chapel
after viewing and marveling at Mickey Angelo's
beautiful work there on the parapet were two
Italian sparrows going at it like there was
no tomorrow, hopping on and off with such
alacrity and enviable respect,
no respect

Love your poem, Ron

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/28/2012
I always knew those seagulls that aim for new cars were not of a friendly sky...and to think I paid them off yesterday with food...e
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 4/28/2012
I love this poem! There is so much to be enjoyed while watching a backyard feeding station!
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/28/2012
I agree with Jerry’s review as that sure is backyard drama Ron, you described it perfectly in this great write Laura
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 4/28/2012
Yep, that was most definitely some backyard drama alright, Ron. You live an interesting life over there . . .
Reviewed by Odin Roark 4/28/2012
A charming "tell all" of what some might consider sacrosanct traditional aspects of nature. Well done.

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