Richard Kell

Pigeons

They paddle with staccato feet
In powder-pools of sunlight,
Small blue busybodies
Strutting like fat gentlemen
With hands clasped
Under their swallowtail coats;
And, as they stump about,
Their heads like tiny hammers
Tap at imaginary nails
In non-existent walls.
Elusive ghosts of sunshine
Slither down the green gloss
Of their necks in an instant, and are gone.

Summer hangs drugged from sky to earth
In limpid fathoms of silence:
Only warm dark dimples of sound
Slide like slow bubbles
From the contented throats.

Raise a casual hand -
With one quick gust
They fountain into air.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • skinydic (9/29/2020 1:39:00 PM)

    hes funnny, makes me laugh all the time

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  • Bridget (8/4/2020 7:44:00 AM)

    I learnt this poem when I was about 9 years old at school and have never forgotten it. The imagery in it is perfect and is a complete description of the birds
    I am watching now.

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  • Rozza (6/5/2020 3:49:00 AM)

    Wow awesome great imagery.

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  • Amina (5/7/2020 6:22:00 AM)

    How does Kell use imagery?

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  • Ur mom (2/20/2020 10:55:00 AM)

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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    ur kid(6/2/2020 8:30:00 AM)

    shut the f up

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  • Big chunguus (6/5/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    Big chunguss like! ! , ! ! , ! ! ! , ? , ! ! ! , ! ! !

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  • Johnny Johnny (2/13/2019 4:26:00 AM)

    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! goood

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  • Garrett (4/30/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    I LOVE PIGEONS
    THIS IS A AMAZING POEM! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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    unknown(5/4/2020 9:17:00 AM)

    It should be AN amazing poem.

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  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/26/2018 9:28:00 AM)

    A good description of Pigeons.

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  • Lynne Owens (11/27/2007 5:28:00 AM)

    A superb poem to do with children, it is steeped in imagery and they respond to it so well.

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    Bombtastic(5/10/2020 6:42:00 PM)

    Yes totally!

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