A lone reflection for sorrow

A life-long mate brings mirth

Fledgling foretells a funeral

Charming broods a live birth

 

Superstitions sung Troubadours

Lyres to Morgan le Fay

Tidings from Constantinople

Ballads of Corvidae

 

Eden’s rebel conventicle

Quieting Linnets’ nests

Leatherjackets and long-coat tails

Thievish, murderous pests

 

Be courteous to the magpie; respectful of cunning and stealth

Moulted from Archaeopteryx; cast not by the Devil’s own self.

 

He did not stage the war to end all wars

Incongruous appellation re-writ

Scratch out the trenches with black, scaly claws

Peck open wounds in the orchestra pit

 

He dealt no harsh hand at Château Versailles

His enchanté the “clack-clack” of roulette

Raconteured not with sophistry allied

Carved no pound of flesh to settle bad debt

 

Metallicised wings unartilleried

Axes of scapulae feathered with white

As hunter his prey never pilloried

While cruelly quarried by gamekeeper’s right

 

Soft underbelly aloft with the blue

The war was ended.     Still death wasn’t done

Ancient antagonist locked into view

Shot down from the sky at age twenty-one

 

Be courteous to the magpie; respectful of cunning and stealth

Moulted from Archaeopteryx; cast not by the Devil’s own self.

 

Napoleon’s Tawny parliament

Bound by The Great Book of Birds

Ordained only fish on a Friday

Clasped supper secretly furred

 

Bejewelled by the House of Fabergé

Rubies from robins’ eggs bled

By Orwellian proletariat

A rousing banquet to beg

 

Neither for pity nor parity

Hypocrisy unrestrained

A meritocratic clarity

Manger and grave Interveined

 

Be courteous to the magpie; respectful of cunning and stealth

Moulted from Archaeopteryx; cast not by the Devil’s own self.

 

 

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