Kim Barney

Gold Star - 168,979 Points (Oct 6 / I was born in a bank - - my mother went there and made a deposit)

The Woodpecker - Poem by Kim Barney

A knocking sound on the window sill,
When a moment before, all was still...
A startling sound that makes you leap,
Or even wakes you from your sleep:
This is the woodpecker.

A beautiful head - - - of brilliant red,
And a colorful body, too...
While he taps on, so noisily on,
Seemingly taunting you:
This is the woodpecker.

Topic(s) of this poem: bird, birds, nature


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A few weeks ago I remembered that I had written a poem about a woodpecker when I was in the tenth grade and had also drawn a picture to go with it. I knew the poem was in a notebook in my basement somewhere, and I spent a couple of hours looking for it and could not find it.
Today I was in the basement for a totally different purpose and there was the notebook right in plain sight! I would have had to walk past it more than once the other day.
The tape I used to hold the picture (which I also drew on my own) in place on the page with the poem is dark and discolored with age. It was clear tape when it was applied. Remember, I wrote this poem in tenth grade, which was many, many years ago!
I was surprised to find another poem of mine in the notebook, called 'Kindness'. I had forgotten all about writing that one. It has already been posted to this website.
The clock in my camera is incorrect. It is still set for the time in Recife, Brazil, four hours later than Utah time right now.

posted 12: 27 a.m. Utah time 15 Dec 2015

Correction: (5: 19 p.m.15 Dec 2015) When I submitted the poem I said it had been done in eighth grade, because the notebook was almost identical to one I turned in that year. However, a more careful inspection of the notebook today revealed that it was done for my speech class, and tenth grade was the only year I had a speech class, so I apologize.

Comments about The Woodpecker by Kim Barney

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (2/15/2016 1:36:00 PM)

    i almost hate to say it, BUT [if i were to rate this poem; i only rate wes vogler's...at his request, and B Johnston's sometime, at his whiny request sometimes (hee hee) ] i would rate this poem a 10+ and the drawing a 9 1/2 at least.

    i love birds and, though i've rarely seen a redheaded woodpecker, this bird is one of my favorites, especially after reading this poem and seeing the drawing. but the picture looked so familiar that i thought i'd seen it before. perhaps in Audubon's birds of North America? ?

    bri :) nice rhyming and description of a woodpecker encounter.

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    Kim BarneyKim Barney(2/17/2016 9:34:00 AM)

    I know that when I was 14 or 15 years old we didn't have a copy of the book you mentioned. I know that I was looking at some picture, in a magazine or maybe on a calendar, when I drew it. I didn't trace it or anything, just copied it the way I saw it as best I could.

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  • Spock The VeganSpock The Vegan (12/15/2015 4:59:00 AM)

    Not bad for the eighth grade. You even have a hand-drawn picture! It's short but sweet.10 points. See my poem Flicker Woodpecker. (Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(5/19/2018 7:13:00 PM)

    Thanks for the comment. If you read my revised poet's notes, you will see that it was actually done when I was in tenth grade instead of eighth. I apologize.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 15, 2015


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