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A woman on her daily walk was serenaded by
a cardinal, a blue jay, and a Carolina wren—
or so she thought. Imagine how surprised she would have been
to learn it was one mockingbird perched on a limb up high.
This bird can also imitate a car horn or alarm,
a barking dog, or a piano. Year-round, day or night,
these charmers sing their many songs, to listeners’ delight,
but they attack if they think man or creature means them harm.
The mockingbird is also popular and versatile.
It is the designated symbol in five Southern states.*
Those living in the area know in the forest waits
a concert by performers that are sure to make them smile.
written in iambic heptameter
*Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, and Florida
February 15, 2019, entered in Tania Kitchin's Songbirds Poetry Contest
Copyright © Janice Canerdy | Year Posted 2019
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