poetry and prose about place

spring orchestra – downy woodpecker

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'female Hairy Woodpecker'



sticky tongue, tail prop, zygodactyl feet


beneath the key of chained song (chick-a-dee

whistle, robin melodic and whitethroat

mnemonic, wheezy phoebe, junco click) –

grubs mumble, coil in rotting wood


beneath low woodwind, blazing brass and string –

jagged percussion and drum roll, Downy

Woodpecker excavates sugar maple

stump, black jackhammer


beak throws wood chips, heaps sawdust and splinters

dapper shudders, black and white, a grey smudge

bright head-bars, a red blur, tap a stammer

steady stutter, busyspeak



Copyright 2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

May 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

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  1. Outstanding … love the way downy and hairy seem to be different sizes of the small creature.

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    May 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    • Hi. Once you know their characteristics, you’ll never confuse them … fun to watch, rather obsessive and persistent personalities. Jane

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      jane tims

      May 12, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  2. Wonderful poem and beautiful drawing!

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    May 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  3. The sound in the poem’s words are echoing the sounds of the birds themselves. Wonderful. “Tap a stammer steady stutter, busyspeak” — very effective.

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    Carol Steel

    May 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

  4. You capture the spring chorus so well with your words and poetry. The drawing is wonderful, too. 🙂

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    May 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

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