Northern Flicker

by Mary E. Lowd

March 11, 2021


Yellow breasted
With a black moon collar
Speckled and proud

Though you try to get rested
A giggling holler
Knocking and drumming
Keep you from sleeping

Some birds are loud

Red headed
Green backed
Sharp beaked
Give me some slack

So I peck on wood
Make lots of noise
But a beautiful bird
Is one of life’s great joys

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From the book:  Some Words Burn Brightly: An Illuminated Collection of Poetry

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