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15th November 2016 ~ Poetry Challenge ~ Day 15

2016 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15
By: Robert Lee Brewer ~ November 15, 2016

For today’s prompt, we’re on our third two-for-Tuesday prompt. So pick one, combine both prompts into one poem, or write two (or more) different poems. Here are the prompts:

Write a natural poem. A poem about something natural. It could be a natural way of living, something made of natural materials, nature itself, or some other spin. Or…
Write an unnatural poem. Take the natural prompt and spin it around the other way. Maybe this means writing a poem about processed food, supernatural apparitions, or some other unnatural object.

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NATURAL
Birds and the NATURAL survival power of flight, and the fight for survival.

FREEDOM

by John Yeo

We survived the unruly protection of the nest
There were two of us left on the final day
Pushing and fighting for survival of the fittest
The others died slowly and wasted away.
One day we were forced to fend for each other.
Pushed into flight by our parents insisting
The shining iridescent plumage glistened over
As the feathers formed and became powerful wings.

~

Gliding, soaring gracefully, a bird on the move,
A fully fledged miracle flying in heaven’s high.
Soaring close to the clouds floating above.
Survival in the folds of an unpredictable sky.
Calling loudly with a natural melody 
Revelling in a new found freedom of spirit.
A powerful instinctive natural urge to belong
To the freedom of the life we were now to inherit.

Copyright © ~ Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

UNNATURAL
A songbird in a cage trapped and captured to provide entertainment and amusement for the idle rich in Victorian times.

MISINTERPRETATION

by John Yeo

Do you have to torture me, trapped in here?
I enjoy your treats when I cry out to you.
I think you like the sound of my voice
Complaining in tune.”

“I particularly hate that hook by the window,
Where you hang this prison sometimes.
I envy the freedom of birds in flight.
My soul breaks out in tune.”

“My heart is slowly wasting away
I am losing the urge to keep up the fight
Yet whenever I try to reach you to beg for release
You reward my tune with a treat.”

Copyright © ~ Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved.

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… Bird in a Cage | by paulmcdee

 

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