Wordle 26.11.11

Seasonal dislocation

Autumn sunshine brought gullible ducks
out from untidy rustling rushes,
into the open with a new brood of ducklings,
proudly spinning to show their swimming skills.

Autumn sunshine, mellow  and smug,
fools those silly ruddy ducks
into thinking it is Spring.
The fulcrum of the year is tilted
towards phoney summer’s final fling.

Soon the ducklings will be shivering,
shuddering with cold ,
subliminal winter lurking in the wings,
below circling  buzzard,
waiting to kill.

At http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/  the inspiring words are:

rush, mellow, gullible, rustle, smug, shudder, fulcrum, sunshine, ruddy, untidy, subliminal, spinning

They seemed tailor made for me:  last night on BBC tv’s Autumn Watch programme, they showed some newly-hatched ducklings, born totally out of season.  A young buzzard did catch one of them, but the adult ducks kicked up such a rumpus that the baby was dropped to safety.


The photograph of a Ruddy Duck, was by courtesy of South Dakota Birds and Birding


About https://vivinfrance.wordpress.com

All poetry, prose and pictures posted here, except where otherwise stated, is my own, and may only be used elsewhere with my expressed permission. Please don't be inhibited from correcting my bloopers and making suggestions: Most of what I post here is instant, ill-considered and off-the-cuff, in serious need of editing.
This entry was posted in Poems and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Wordle 26.11.11

  1. Susannah says:

    Really nicely done Viv. It is hard to believe that the wordle words are hidden in there. 🙂


  2. Mike Patrick says:

    Tailor made for you indeed. Lovely poem, Viv, wordle or not. I only receive one British channel, and it seems to be only about crime. Perhaps it is time to start watching the Nature channel, because these words were difficult to work with.


  3. Good poem! And I especially liked the phrase “gullible ducks.”


  4. Janet says:

    Temps are on a roller-coaster here too. I enjoyed this nature-stroll immensely!


  5. Pseu says:

    Excellent poem, with clever word play.

    (PS I see you chose the theme for Haiku heights this week 🙂 )


  6. I am delighted with your poem to ducks. Fall isn’t over yet, is it?


  7. Thanks for the ‘armour’ blunder Viv. You know when you look at a word and you know it’s wrong but, can’t see for looking….haha. I edited it now but, thanks for pointing it out, it would kind of spoil the effect of the battle, wouldn’t it… Men waiting to make love instead of war… hehe


  8. Yes it can and does fool everything into being out of season with these temps that keep drastically swinging. We just had around 8 inches of snow here, most of it gone over the past warmer three days. The world’s weather has gone as crazy as it’s people.
    This is lovely Viv. So glad the buzzard dropped the chick too.


  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    Sounds like TX. We have such up and down temperatures throughout the “winter” that many plants are tricked into thinking it’s spring. Love the picture.



  10. Rinkly Rimes says:

    Now you’ve admitted this on your Blog the BBC will be after you for plagiarism! (I wont tell.) Loved the poem.


  11. Tilly Bud says:

    Charming poem, Viv; I didn’t notice the wordle words.


  12. irene says:

    A wonderful piece. It seems all the four seasons are reflected there, and the winter stanza is kick butt. The gullible ducks, I’ll remember that. Love the photo of Ruddy Duck.


  13. brenda w says:

    Ah, yes…the cold will kill. Beautifully wrought tragedy. We have blue beaked birds at Benton Lake in warmer months. Your final stanza echoes the cycle of time. I love this piece, Viv.


I love it when you leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s