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A Chaos of Birds
by Regis Auffray

Friday, August 26, 2011
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Inspired from watching starlings fight over food left out in the snow...


A Chaos of Birds

Outside the house window
Birds,
An affront of them
Sharply contrast the snow
Like coal-black marbles
Dancing on a white table.

Their long pointed yellow beaks
Scar the ground and each other.
The older, the small, the weak,
Succumb to the strength of the stronger.
They shriek in outrage;
Meek at the sight of their blood-spattered feathers.

Sick of such unsightly horror,
A door opens
and closes abruptly.

Now only claw marks remain;
A slight odour on the snow.
The black birds swiftly disappear
Towards a distant nest
As a snowflake reluctantly
Floats downwards to rest
In the still, silent, white softness.

The cold white field is once more empty.

Inside the house; warmth, peacefulness;
She rests and sleeps silently.



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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/10/2014
I sit outside on the rockers on the porch and see lots of birds, the little sparrows are fed daily by my neighbors, and I love to see them come close by and pick up a bite to eat.
Reviewed by James Driscoll (Reader) 9/8/2013
"Like coal-black marbles
Dancing on a white table."

Very nice simile. Are crows that vicious? I love birds. They are so important for our existence. Birds and insects. Thanks for sharing.

J.D.
Reviewed by Karen Springer 11/16/2012
More like an orderly chaos - love the juxtapositions in this write - black and white, elder and younger, cold and warmth. Enjoyed this one.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 9/24/2012
Very good poem Regis. It is full of emotion and it tells a moving story that flows smoothly with every line. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. Thank you for sharing.
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 5/19/2012
We look at them through the wrong end of the long telescope of time, regis, to use the D.H. Lawrence phrase, the birds are dinosaurs - if you're a beetle! Yes, we can admire their birdsong and overlook their savage fight for survival. Heh!
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 4/23/2012
With all that commotion going on outside (lol), I'm glad she rests and sleeps!! I enjoyed this!

Love ya!

Jane
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 2/10/2012
A reminder of 'Survival of the fittest'. It leaves me with a potpourri of images as the ending brings peaceful shadows of innocence....Well done indeed....Peace and Love
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 12/30/2011
I could not make better comment than Jude...he says it exactly as I would like to...I agree with his comment 100%
Your poem is excellent!
Reviewed by Carma Chan 11/22/2011
Great descriptions! Thanks for the warm welcome.

~ Carma
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 10/18/2011
Excellent work Regis
hug
Kathi
Reviewed by Daniel Keith 9/11/2011
Good one Regis. I have a hummingbird bully that fights away all the others. May God bless you every day of your life.

Daniel
Reviewed by JMS Bell 9/10/2011
EVEN THE BIRDS DO IT...HOW VERY SAD. BUT WHAT IS EVEN MORE SAD IS THE REALIZATION OF THE FACT...IT TAKES SO MUCH MORE THAN THE NOISE OF A 'SLAMMED DOOR ' TO DETER HUMANS FROM KILLING ONE ANOTHER. NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK! OH, COME...LORD JESUS...COME! A MOST POWERFUL SHARING. THANK YOU, REGIS. LOVE, BLESSINGS & FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 9/7/2011
Well done. Nature is tough, unless you have a feather bed. Patrick
Reviewed by Jon Willey 9/5/2011
Regis, nature orders all things and this meow established the ordained line in the snow -- an expert photograph defined within your verses my dear friend -- "she rests and sleeps silent" is the last but not the final chapter -- I bid you peace and love -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by J Howard 9/5/2011
Nature is not always kind but that is mystery is often hidden in it's beauty as described even in describing black birds here.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/4/2011
You really set the tone skillfully here, Regis. Their frenzy made me anxious, and then the calm afterward is a stark contrast. Excellent. Love and hugs,
Sheila
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 9/2/2011
I guess when the birds get a little too noisy and playful, you have to let them know somehow. The slamming of a door or a "soo, go away" does wonders. Thank you for sharing this delightful poem.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and who love you, and be with you always and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 9/2/2011
Fine, beautiful poetry, exciting in its perspective and allegory.
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 9/2/2011
Excellent, and powerfully written capturing one's attention to look within....VOW deeply moving Regis ! May Abba Father always Bless
and inspire you to continue to write ! You are indeed a Blessing
to all of us here at AD !

Much Love,
Margaret
Reviewed by jude forese 9/1/2011
a powerful tale whose ambiance and imagery excel ...
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 9/1/2011
The reluctant snowflake seems to have reason. enjoyed. Morgan
Reviewed by Micki Peluso 9/1/2011
Wow Regis--That was a powerful poem. I love birds but not incessant squawking when I'm trying to sleep. I need to know--was it a cat as those were big birds or an irate woman with buckshot?
Be safe this holiday weekend
Micki
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/31/2011
Beautifully written and contrasted, and I enjoyed your sparkling imagery!
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 8/31/2011
Regis,

Excellent visuals, thought I wanted want to envision it. Great poem.

Mary
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/30/2011
So very realistic and engaging. If only we could abruptly open the door and stop humans from squabbling. At least there are some places where there is peace. Good write!

Ron
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 8/30/2011
Poetic imagery at it's best - I can't help but see it all in my mind's eye - until the cat creeps in and steals the show. :o)
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 8/29/2011
WELL DONE, REG!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 8/29/2011
So very vivid, Regis! I can feel the emotion too! Survival of the fittest. Love and hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by baz busbe 8/29/2011
Lovely poem, I love the snow, sounds more like a picture from england. God bless. Baz
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/29/2011
Beautiful phrasing, Regis! Loved this!!!

Anna
Reviewed by Kimberly LaRocca 8/29/2011
Lovely poem, the picture suits it perfectly.
Reviewed by Andy Turner 8/28/2011
Good contrast. Yet nature does have a way even if it seems cruel.

Top going.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/28/2011
Vivid imagery Regis. Were they crows or blackbirds?.......M
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 8/28/2011
So much about life
to live and obsorb!
~Regis~
Observing the birds
in your poetry!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parker 8/27/2011
Great poem Regis. Beautifully written, as always!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 8/27/2011
Well done, Regis.
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 8/27/2011
An interlude with social animals lends reflection. Well done. Interesting and revealing. (or revealing and interesting, lol)
Best regards my friend,
Leland
Reviewed by Laura Fall 8/27/2011
A fascinating write well done so wonderfully indeed as always great poetry Laura
Reviewed by Richard King 8/27/2011
This one's a keeper Reg, One question. "...They shriek in defence;..." can't figure out that word... perhaps defense, or maybe defiance? I know you're from Canada and sometimes they spell words differently North of the border. Just wondering. No matter, it's a great poem either way. Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/27/2011
Wonderful poem, Regis; well done, mon ami! C'est bon!

(((HUGS))) et amour, ton ami dans Texas, Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 8/27/2011
BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/27/2011
Well expressed, Regis,
and, for me, not overdone - just the right
stress for proper effect.

John
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 8/26/2011
It must be a beautiful sight to see.
GOD BLESS YOU
Tony
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 8/26/2011
yes..so nice :)
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 8/26/2011
The cat?

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 8/26/2011
The cycle of life can be a cold, bitter and cruel journey or it can be a magnificent tour. For those who must be beggars and scratch for their very existence, life can seem to be as much of a curse as it is a blessing. Lots of depth to this offering, Reg, nicely done.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 8/26/2011
Been snowin' up your way, Reg? Finally I'd say as you have been getting very little if any in the winter months...if no snow, I know of a hurricane you can have, CHEAP...e
Reviewed by D Johnson 8/26/2011
A sad tale of survival of the fittest...

Cheers,
Dan
Reviewed by Janna Hill 8/26/2011
To me this is more than the messy little birds wreaking havoc on the snow and one another...as you keep watch and she rests safe & sound.
How comforting.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 8/26/2011
I read 'snow' and all I could think of was.. SNOW??? Are you serious? But then I read the poem...how much joy does nature give us to watch it at work and at play.. a treasure this is and I thank you for sharing it with us.
Myrna
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