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Danny Draper

Rookie - 134 Points (14 July 1963 / Kiama, New South Wales, Australia)

A Song For Magpies


Black and white
From light and shade
Swoops parental vengeance,
Just in case.

Song like a crimson sunset
Betrays this parents' blind
Skin and hair go missing,
Direct hit from behind.

Vexatious for such a short time
So noble the intent
Understandable and forgivable,
But at all with some regret.

Perhaps the song so sensuous
Could any predator dissuade?
Rather than this aerial mauling,
That only serves to hasten my balding.


25-26/9/2002

Submitted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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  • Gold Star - 12,580 Points Valsa George (11/12/2013 7:15:00 AM)

    It is quite interesting to hear about how the magpies protect their young ones! If you are on their way, you will lose your hair and skin.... Beware! Again your body can't take in any more damage, I fear! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,280 Points Ken E Hall (11/8/2013 11:52:00 PM)

    Well crafted song for the Magpies who sing 'keep away from my babies' and a clever humerous
    ending...sure have to be careful walking near their nests..regards (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,391 Points Kevin Patrick (3/12/2013 12:29:00 PM)

    A beautiful tribute to one of nature’s spectacles, I love your use of language it’s so descriptive and imaginative that one verse impacts great detail. Where I live magpies is a rare sight, although their cousins the crows are very familiar, although I have read other poems where magpies are mentioned, this one was great in that it actually concentrated on Them as the topic. A really great write love every verse. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,881 Points Bri Edwards (2/16/2013 11:20:00 PM)

    something about a bird striking back of human head to guard nest? ? ? this was not easy. maybe it is the difference between your part of the world and mine? thanks for sharing anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Karen Deeks (3/18/2012 3:23:00 AM)

    Sounds absolutely horrendous... Our magpies seem a tad more withheld (I'm glad to say) . Intriguing and informative. Direct language, constructively gathered, bravo Cheers Karen (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,381 Points Diane Hine (3/15/2012 9:31:00 PM)

    Absolutely concur here- well put! I go walking with cap, sunglasses and a stick. (Report) Reply

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