Charadrius vociferus

Discussion in 'Poet's Corner' started by Dreamland, May 27, 2011.

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  1. Dreamland

    Dreamland Well-Known Member

    Drag, drag, broken-winged,
    Killdeer wobbles away from the nest
    And the babes that curl in their speckled orbs.
    She knows that when I've gone it will be safe
    To draw her drooping extension close again
    And hobble, hobble, back to the clump of weeds
    To gather a brood beneath her breast.
    Her trembling legs belie her voice:
    Shrill as her siren may wail,
    Kildeer knows her pretense to be
    A noisy charade of limping and lies.
    But the children are feeble in their spotty spheres,
    Naïve to her sport and her crocodile tears,
    So she tucks away her secret heart
    And she cries, she cries, she cries.
  2. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni

    Beutiful :heart:

    I also like your username btw.
  3. The Unforgiven

    The Unforgiven Well-Known Member

    i do not understand, yet it moves me.
    thank you for sharing this, its beautiful.
  4. Dreamland

    Dreamland Well-Known Member

    Thanks to both of you!

    To clarify, the Kildeer is a bird that, when its nest is threatened, will fake a broken wing and lead a predator away from the nest by posing as easy prey. Once the predator is far enough away they'll generally give up the charade (and hopefully escape).

    I find it not only a really beautiful method, but it has parallels to human selflessness as well as pretending and pain. So while the poem is about what the bird does, it's also about how people can pretend to be one thing while feeling another thing, often to protect themselves or others.
  5. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    That actually moved me to tears.
  6. The Unforgiven

    The Unforgiven Well-Known Member

    the way the analogy lights it up is beatific. thanks again for sharing with us.
  7. Acy

    Acy Mama Bear - TLC, Common Sense Staff Member Safety & Support

    That is very moving and also a accurate picture of a nesting killdeer. The last line echoes in the same rhythm as her call does. Lovely!
  8. Dreamland

    Dreamland Well-Known Member

    I'm SO glad you caught that! You're seriously the first person to notice in like 4 years since I wrote it. :)
  9. Dreamland

    Dreamland Well-Known Member

    Aww, thank you Terry! I hope in a good way.
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