Bird Talk

Day Two NaPoWriMo prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on a word featured in a tweet from Haggard Hawks, an account devoted to obscure and interesting English words. 

I used the tweet pictured below, which gave the words for the sounds certain birds make.


Herewith, my poem:

Oh, Dr. Seuss, you silly goose,

you loved to glacitate.

You wrote that owls go hoo hoo hoo.

In truth, they cucubate.

Your nonsense rhymes, those made-up words,

a lazy way to write.

So many real words just as fun,

and downright erudite.

A rooster doesn’t “cock-a-doodle do”

when he cucuriates.

And the hen’s response might well be “cluck,”

but — to rhyme — she glocidates.

Toward “wockets in pockets” I hold no grudge,

but to my ear, it grates;

like the striddly stry of a peacock’s cry

when it so poopity pupillates.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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4 Responses to Bird Talk

  1. Sharon says:

    What fun!

    I also thought those words would make for a great poem but couldn’t come up with anything. Bravo!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Christopher Valenzuela says:

    Wonderful work! I do love the nonsense words personally. But you are correct that “So many real words just as fun” 🙂 love love love this one!

    Liked by 1 person

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