Bird Aid

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Look What I Found!” – Erasure poetry (posted by Victoria)
Erasure is a form of found poetry or found art created by erasing words from an existing text in prose or verse and framing the result on the page as a poem.

Beneath the table,
she could have died.
She cried, but the wood-
pecker was very gentle.
Dressed in an inexpensive
gray suit, he sat nearby
in respectful silence,
an ancient chaperon.
He told her that although
the ham she digested
was packed in excess water,
she would live. The woodpecker
handed her a capsule, and
a cup of tequila with which
to wash it down. He said,
“Swallow this.”

(Taken from “Still Life With Woodpecker”
by Tom Robbins, pages 100 and 101)

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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14 Responses to Bird Aid

  1. jazzytower says:

    Ooo! Wonder what it was? Nice twist at the end Sara:) I like this.


  2. This is fun and you’ve sparked my curiosity about your source book.


  3. Misky says:

    Very Alice-like!


  4. Agree with Misky.. what magic can come from a peckish pecker?


  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    I liked the idea of the capsule being washed down with tequila. It kind of makes me wonder if I would swallow it.


  6. Yes very interesting..I am not sure if the woodpecker is a trusty fellow…


  7. Grace says:

    I love the character of the wood pecker ~ Beautifully done Sara ~


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