Charl JF Cilliers

Gold Star - 5,763 Points (25 January 1941 / Cape Town, South Africa)

Fiscal Shrike - Poem by Charl JF Cilliers

Dressed in his tuxedo black
and white the priestly undertaker shrike
uplifts his charges on a shriek
or fits them neatly in a coffin crack.

Though fiery sermons burn in his throat
in the pulpit of the mimosa tree
where he loudly proclaims his piety,
nowhere in all the lushness does a single woodnote
decry the flowering church’s cold debauchery.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Verse

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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