red breasted: poem
RED BREASTED: A POEM
by Justin W. Price
the head of a robin,
as it bounces on
the dropped bread crumbs.
With yellow beak
it hunts and pecks—
freeloading for survival—
forsaking its wings.
all rights reserved. copyright Justin W Price 2011
Red Breasted: Explained
The older I get, the more I notice nature and, specifically birds. I have also always found it somewhat amusing that a bird gifted with flight would choose to forage on the ground for sustenance. The awkward legs and the vulnerability to predators (like a cat, for example. My mom's cat has left her plenty of gifts on her porch, birds, or at least parts of them) makes me winder they wouldn't fly above the clouds all day long.
After a long period of not writing, I took a poetry class at my local community college. This was one of the first poems I wrote and I wrote it at the same time as one of my other short observational poems, The Mouth. I was sitting, eating a taco and I saw this robin outside pecking at the ground, foraging for discarded food fragments and the words just flowed.
In spite of its brevity, I have always liked this poem. It is featured in my debut poetry collection, published by Sweatshoppe Publications, and available using the Amazon link included in this thread. Thank you for reading and I hope that you enjoyed this piece.
Some of my other poems:
- Silent Fuzz
a short poem written by a high school student
- Bella by PDXKaraokeGuy
a poem about a dog who really doesn't like someone she sees.
- Nice Rock!
A sarcastic poem about pretty diamonds, flesh and blood
- She is a Garden
a garden metaphor.
- Fun With Words
a poem where the poet was clearly just having fun with words!
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