my thoughts trip, whiffling
through rivers melting in air,
shunting the edges,
vagrant from ideas not
born of determinate lines
to glaucous vision, but fledged
in fire, the eye caught
in a jizz of mimetic
trills from a long-addled mind
It’s the birthday of John James Audubon, master bird artist. To celebrate, I made a loose copy of one of the birds in his black billed magpie painting, and finally answered the day 17 prompt from NaPoWriMo to use 10 words from a specialized dictionary in my poem. Killing two birds with one stone (so to speak), I also used this week’s words from The Secret Keeper.
(5) Words: | TRIP | FIRE | RIVER | EYE | MELT |
It’s always a good day to celebrate birds!
The words from birdcare.com’s Find a Bird Dictionary:
whiffling: descending rapidly from a height once the decision to land has been made, involving fast side-slipping first one way and then the other.
shunting: moving fitfully along a coastline instead of striking out over the sea
vagrant: a bird which wanders to a particular area if its orientation is at fault or adverse winds drive it off course but in normal circumstances would not be found there at all
determinate: a species in which the female usually produces a fixed number of eggs in the clutch
conspecific: belonging to the same species.
fledged: a young bird which has just left the nest (‘fledged’)
jizz: the overall impression which a bird gives an observer, enabling an experienced birdwatcher at least to suspect its identity, even if plumage details and other diagnostic features cannot be seen. Jizz consists of a combination of colour, size, shape and movement
mimetic: mimicking sounds
addled: failing to hatch
trills: a rapid succession of similar notes