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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: 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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