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Over morning coffee ...

What's that sound?

whsh whsh whsh
whsh whsh whsh

I don't hear anything

whsh whsh whsh
whsh whsh whsh

You don't hear that?
Sounds like the starter
On an old car

whsh whsh whsh
whsh whsh whsh

I don't hear anything

Too weird a sound to leave it be,
I opened the door and looked out.
No longer muffled
The sound changed


bang bang bang
bang bang bang

Okay, now I hear it!

bang bang bang
bang bang bang

Sounds like a metal can lid
Banging in the wind

Too rhythmic to be the wind
Maybe something mechanical

Looking up
I saw ...

A woodpecker

Banging his head
Like a heavy metal fan
Pounding on the faded aluminum sheets
Of an old neon sign
Advertising for a mate
Showing off to the world

bang bang bang
bang bang bang

Morning metal
Music to my ears


Bill took the picture.


The April challenge in the Writer's Gallery is BIRDS It's not a contest ... just a challenge to see what we can come up with given a single topic and a limited amount of time. Anyone is welcome to participate!
April 17, 2013
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Apr 17, 2013 9:08:58 pm
and there is nothing wrong with a metal head!!!!!
Great prose and capture

I wonder if he listens to Manowar or Rammstein? or both

by Faemike55 Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 9:33:45 pm
Outstanding writing Tara.
God bless.

by kgb224 Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 10:41:35 pm
Outstanding Tara...

by Merrylee Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 10:47:51 pm
Beautiful writing. Well done.

by wolfenshire Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 10:50:43 pm
Wonderful slice of life. I hope he didn't hurt his beak. Reminded me of what my father would sometimes say when asked a stupid question.

"So what are you going to do now?"

"Bang my head against the wall and shot hooray!"

by wysiwig Homepage »

Apr 17, 2013 11:25:37 pm
Ha! This woodpecker came out of nowhere just to give you inspiration for answering the Writer's Gallery Monthly Challenge. Sometimes all you have to do is wait...the thing you are hoping for will come knocking at your door.

Well done:)

by bmac62 Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 12:27:15 am
And what a great experience!

by durleybeachbum Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 1:03:51 am
Great poem and pic as well
I got up an Easter Acrostic wish you would come give it a read.......
I think you would like it

by Blush Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 10:08:24 am
Great capture and narrative!

by bobrgallegos Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 10:13:11 am
Excellent work!

by GrandmaT Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 12:35:13 pm
WOW! LOL! That was such fun and a sweet poem :)

by helanker Online Now!   Homepage »

Apr 18, 2013 8:48:31 pm
When we lived in our other house years ago, we had one of these little buggers that would land on the light pole in front of our house, and start pounding on it at 5 in the morning.....Ratatatatatatatatatat..

I called that bird some pretty bad names... :-O

A fun poem, Tara! And a cool shot by Bill!

by RodS Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 5:40:27 am
I love a good slice of life, a wonder of reality, something else (most of reality is something else, after all) and great, fun, human perceptions. This poem has it all. I love the rhythms...there's the rhythm of thought, the rhythm of the woodpecker himself (herself?) and the oddness of...well...a metalpecker. I know when spring arrives because it sounds like woodpeckers, robins, and starlings. Ah...birds!

You and Bill make excellent collaborators too. Image and text dovetail perfectly, and given the nature of the Bird Challenge, I have to wonder if I just made a pun. Hmmm...

I like this. It's pure brilliance.

by Chipka Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 10:28:56 am
Your writing style is great Tara. You really should do MORE! Nice shot too, btw Bill <3

by tizjezzme Homepage »

Apr 19, 2013 2:25:05 pm
Ver funny picture.

by moochagoo Homepage »


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