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Tramp Poet
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Mourning Dove

See the single, ragged dove
he pecks at the fresh washed earth
then stops to scan his surroundings.
He raises his wings seemingly
with lethargy and great effort
coo’s wistfully as he searches ‘round.

His efforts look like auto-pilot,
actions robot-like, without life
like it doesn’t matter at all.
Yet, he continues with his activities
feeding himself without real conviction
always looking about...lost and alone.

Remembering reading somewhere
these creatures mate for life
where i wonder is this forlorn bird’s mate?
Companion selected and years invested
must be what he searches for...life lost
understanding of his pain floods the watcher.

Great is the sorrow, the empathy
the futility of understanding the tragic
going about ones life empty, apathetic, alone.
Wondering if this poor creature’s mate
ran off with a slick, deceitful mockingbird
leaving him forever, true to nature...mourning?


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[This message has been edited by Tramp Poet (08-11-2003 02:25 PM).]

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Nicole
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I love mourning doves - they frequent my back porch quite often.  Mockingbirds are notoriously naughty little brutes.  We have quite a few varieties, but what's really cool, is that when the doves come onto the porch to eat from the feeder, all of the other birds clear out.  Not out of fear, but seeming respect.  Even the mockingbirds.  It's a treat to watch.

I know the feel of this poem is sad, but it brought out that thought and I had to share it.  I wonder sometimes, is it better to be alone in misery, or in misery shared?

Good write, enjoyed!
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2 posted 08-16-2003 12:09 AM       View Profile for Local Parasite   Email Local Parasite   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Local Parasite's Home Page   View IP for Local Parasite

You've really found something in this animal.  I've lately taken to animal watching myself, and I've noticed similar patterns... how they seem to mirror certain human ways... and in doing this, help us realize how small our problems really are...

Lovely writing, Tramp Poet.  You've definitely got the mind's eye of a true poet.

Parasite

Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
~~~Emily Dickinson

 
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