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Peacocks and Predators


The raptor and the peacock hence,
Sit pensive on a rambling fence.
The first, inclined to be the host,
Jumped down to claim the nearest post.
The pea averse to snubs or quailing
Moves closer on the weathered railing.

Both immersed in trailing thoughts
Mused on nigh, and what was naught.
The Pea fans its tail in public splendor
Cramped raptor prefers an opposing gender.
He clasps a plume of gleaming thread
To implant it on his own stark head.

On and on, a grueling day
Feathers plucked; cold work at play.
Peafowl’s once featured feathered shafts
Now forlornly bare and subject to draft.
The predacious bird, a cocky thief
Snidely at par, to a native chief.

Clips of sun reveal a shadowy bane
The unlikely pair cast as one and the same

Copyright © Michelle Mac Donald | Year Posted 2016

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  1. Date: 6/22/2016 1:50:00 PM

    Hi, Mikki. I put an envelope in the mail yesterday - my poems on Greek themes. I wouldn't send you must anything, but these got a very good revue from a publisher a few years ago. Unfortunately, he said there was not much market for Greek poetry these days. He did offer to go half expenses with me if I wanted to publish. At my age I don't want to have to peddle books. Love and hugs, daver
  1. Date: 6/19/2016 11:13:00 AM

    Thanking you again for the nice presents. I have one ready to send your way which I hope you will like. Big Old Love and Hugs, daver
  1. Date: 6/14/2016 10:28:00 AM

    Thank you so much for the beautiful statue and the wonderful napkins. Kapyatie? Was she a a Greek Goddess? I don't know the name. And what is the occasion? Doesn't really matter - it was just so sweet of you to think of me in such lovely terms. The statue must have been hurt by invaders because it has no arms. E-mail me and tell me all about it. Hope you are doing o.k. Sending arm fulls of hugs and love. daver
  1. Date: 6/2/2016 8:35:00 PM

    Hey, get some new poems up!! I have just a little time but will give a quick look to see if I have missed anything lately.
  1. Date: 5/30/2016 9:39:00 AM

    Lewis Carol would love this one, me too. Hugs a bundle. daver
  1. Date: 5/26/2016 11:53:00 AM

    glamourous and wonderful. What a majestic long awaited comeback, I in person have been hoping to read a fresh masterpiece from a friend I have so missed. A definite and powerful 7
  1. Date: 5/18/2016 11:00:00 AM

    Yes. Quite an unlikely pair. The second time through is even better than the first. Predacious - a very eloquacious word. the definition of my word is a word with eloquence. I can just see that pile of feathers. A raptorous hug, daver
  1. Date: 5/17/2016 2:26:00 PM

    Oh that nasty old raptor! The last line tells a grueling story of a Jurassic beast in all his glory. For my money the tale is a wee bit gory. Seriously, dear Mikki, this work has met all my expectations of superb writing. You are devlish clever. Love and hugs from daver, your admirer
  1. Date: 5/8/2016 6:44:00 PM

    Hello Mikki!! Thanks once again for your read of my "Poetic Encryption" epic posted earlier today. I read your "Peacocks and Predators" here several times with rapt attention. The depth and precision of this Imagism write is as marvelous as it is truly captivating. The power and imagery of in this poem are indeed quite revealing. Outstanding Work!! This one is a 7+++ and is a FAV for sure!! Keep up the great writing here -- you're very talented for sure. Cheers and Best, Gary
  1. Date: 5/8/2016 4:52:00 PM

    wow, this is a CLEVER one. very unique and out of the box too. Great writing, Michelle.
  1. Date: 5/7/2016 7:23:00 PM

    This is really good. Really good. "Cramped raptor prefers an opposing gender"...hahaha. This one pulled me right in and kept me entertained start to finish. Easy 7 from me. -G
  1. Date: 5/7/2016 7:17:00 PM

    Brilliant Mikki, I will put it into my favourites. Please finish it though, it is to good a work to lie incomplete. Love Shane xxx

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