Francis Duggan

'Tis Not Out Of Love - Poem by Francis Duggan

'Tis not out of love that male songbird does sing
But to proclaim his territory in the prime of the Spring
In his musical notes that we love to hear
To males of his own kind a message of fear
Birds sing on the ground, bush, tree and on the wing
And to them song is a territorial thing
I used to think when I was a schoolgoing boy
That they only sung out of love and of joy
Till later I learned from a woman quite knowledgeable and wise
That birdsong inspired by aggression much to my surprise
Between most life forms and humans similarities abound
Birds too go to war for mating rights and for their patch of ground
And the male only sings to proclaim territory
Nature has her own language would you not agree?

Topic(s) of this poem: nature

Form: Sonnet

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 17, 2016

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