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William F Dougherty

Rookie - 16 Points (West Hartford, CT)

Asterisk For Audubon Rev


The pigeon's a pedestrian that flies
in nature's face: he struts about on red-
chalked toes, rejects wide pigeon-colored skies,
and rudders down in parks to peck at bread,
peels, shells, shunning alien green of trees
to roost in eaves and lime a city street,
and take unmolested feather-brained ease
from bus fumes, noise, hospitable concrete.

So what, he bobs, panhandling is no crime
for birds (or banks) -updat the 'fittest' plan:
habit amends phylogeny, in time,
for waddling pigeons or for weasling man:
not every bird's ordained to soar or sing-
instinct, he thrums, can be an iffy thing.

Submitted: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Edited: Sunday, July 29, 2012

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  • Rookie William F Dougherty (7/20/2012 2:10:00 PM)

    Best reward for working and reworking any poem is to have it fall under
    the scrutiny of an accomplished reader like FJRyan. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,468 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/19/2012 10:18:00 PM)

    Awesome rhyme scheme complimenting a crisp, tightly woven constructed work, flavored with astute, subtle wit and just the right measure of imagescape without the decriptives becoming ornate.I like this, William. You are a fine scribe, indeed...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

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