Avian Madrigal


For the bare throated bird bravely breasting the air,

And long-legged wader with cool cautious stare,

To the pink footed shufflers thru dry Autumn leaves,

And the mud-nesting builders snug under the eaves.

The Imperial Pelicans, gliding in Grace,

Like visiting Royalty, with grave, solemn face.

The smiling mouthed duckbills, mumbling the mud,

The needle beaked seekers & searchers of grubs.


The bell-noted Finches as small as my thumb,

The impudent Wagtail, with waggling bum,

The shrieking nightcallers, like a madwoman lost,

The yellow eyed bullies, nagging and cross.

The plumage of Parrots, as plush as a rose,

The cynical, cackling appraisal of Crows,

From the furious fussing of fossicking fowls,

To the Knowing & Nodding & Silence of Owls.


From the stiff-legged stride of the Ancient Emu,

To the bush-bower collector of oddities blue.

The Penguin herds huddled in permafrost freeze,

And the Seagulls like statues, hung on the breeze.

To the Seraphim symphony chorus at dawn,

That greeted the sun before mammals were born,

Accept now my madrigal, a pale imitation,

Of the glorious songs of the Avian Nation.



No Review this week kiddies, as the Reverend is buzy peeling mangoes for his famous annual batch of mango chutney. But stay tuned, coz next week the Rev reviews Owen DaviesGrimoires- The History of Magic Books” and the following week will be a review of the historic live Brisbane performance of  Havergal Brian’s “cursed” GOTHIC SYMPHONY. Pretty scarey stuff  hey?


The Reverend Hellfire is a practising Performance Poet and an Ordained Minister of the Church of Spiriual Humanists…so whats your excuse?



~ by reverendhellfire on December 12, 2010.

3 Responses to “AVIAN MADRIGAL”

  1. This is cool. I like your stuff.

  2. from a simple thing to a wonderful way of saying things.

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