Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Flash 55+
The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.
For the OPTIONAL EXTRA part of this challenge, I invite you to consider the artworks of the Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician known as Twins Seven Seven.

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The Singing Birds In Egg Count by © Twins Seven Seven (2007) FairUse

Plumage fuses
in startling shades
of amber, rose, violet,
and lime. Harmonious
birds in fancy finery,
draw close together.
Beaks open. Their voices burst
into golden song. Eggs
are pampered by all.
They are priced
at a premium due to
their unusual black markings.
Kind and considerate
of each other, they are
rare birds indeed.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Birdsong

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    What a lovely vision!

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  2. I do like your gentle birds compared to my trampling dodo… so glad we can read so different things in an image.

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  3. Harmonious
    birds in fancy finery

    Aren’t they just beautiful.whence no other creatures are blessed such! Great lines Sara!


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  4. kim881 says:

    Rainbow birds – delightful!

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  5. Kerry O'Connor says:

    I love your use of colour throughout, a lovely descriptive piece.

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  6. Jim says:

    Hi Sara, I loved reading this. I peeked at the picture first, but had I not for sure I would be ‘seeing’ the doves that love to be wherever we live. It might then would need a line about their nesting and babies.

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    • Jim says:

      (this comment doesn’t have to stay, your call)
      I loved reading your interview with Sherry, she does a great job with these. I left this comment over there. You were great, I feel that you are a ‘real person’, so talented and very personable. In several areas I identified with your there.
      “Thank you for interviewing, Sarah. And to you, Sherry, you have fine reporter skill and talent. I love your poems, now I feel that I know you a bit personally. We share love for dogs, after our Adi and Katrin and the cat, Amber, died, we are enforcing our (mostly Mrs. Jim’s) rule, “If it dies or leaves, we won’t replace it and it can’t come back.” Adi was the nicest Beagle dog, we were a certified pet therapy team, she loved her work! I miss her and if Mrs. Jim dies before me she WILL BE REPLACED by a sweet Beagle dog. They were all “put aside pets” that found refuge with us.
      So talented, Sara, in many ways I envy your creative endowments. You know by reading a bunch of my ‘poems’ by now that I will never be a real poet, but I enjoy writing and being reads, just hope I can keep things interesting.
      My grandmother lived in Warrenton and was the last of her family to die off there. We loved visiting her, the Oregon coast is so beautiful and the seafood is delicious, especially with the way she could cook them. Beats our Gulf Coast here in every way except for the temperatures, we are “year around” here, can golf or swim every day, similar to Florida.”

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      • Thank you so much for your gracious words, Jim. Sherry is excellent at interviewing and dogs! I happen to enjoy your poems a great deal. Also, first dog I ever had was a beagle. Keep writing and enjoying the weather.


  7. If this was a sales pitch, I would buy.

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