Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Bird Song - Poem by Diane Hine

Freshly hatched from seminary,
young unchary missionary,
picked New Guinea estuary,
for his work revisionary.
In the jungle aviary,
filamentary and airy,
soft, maybe imaginary,
boom......boom.......boom.

Straying from processionary,
for a matter urinary,
met a revolutionary,
mercenary cassowary.
Indiscretionary tarry
and insalutary parry,
gutted him in sanguinary
doom.....doom........doom.

' Mid the garlands, funerary,
honorary luminary,
warns in grim obituary-
'Be ablutionary wary'.
From a distant sanctuary,
baritone reactionary,
echoes faintly, fragmentary,
boom.......boom.......boom.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The cassowary 'boom' is the lowest known bird call.

Comments about Bird Song by Diane Hine

  • (7/19/2012 2:27:00 PM)


    Complicated tale, but all makes sense in the re-reading. Well-done! -c (Report) Reply

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  • (7/9/2012 6:55:00 AM)


    Bird song with a twist with a boom boom that lost me a little...regards (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2012 12:55:00 PM)


    I think the 'booms' were guns and the 'doom' WAS doom..anyway, there is so much incredible talent in this poem I didn't really care if it was just poetic license or if it really meant something definite! (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2012 3:38:00 AM)


    A timely and cautionary poem of booming clarity to stay on the path and use the facilities provided. :) (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/27/2012 11:24:00 AM)


    Nature calls, don't listen.
    I am always impressed by the rhythm
    and beat of your poems, and they all
    tell a story in a unique estuary way.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/26/2012 8:53:00 AM)


    Quite a piece of poetry, has rhythmic composition! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/26/2012 5:01:00 AM)


    What a tongue twister - I love birds, but I`m not sure I follow this one. The boom boom boom reminds me of the Bittern, which we do see (rarely) in the UK, he inhabits reed beds. (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2012 7:45:00 PM)


    haunting, eye opening! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, May 25, 2012


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