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(07 April 1950 / London)

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Kingfisher

The sudden flash of delicate blue
That lightning strike of wondrous true
There, gone in the blink of an eye,
And no matter how hard you try,
The only evidence were the rings
Of bright water that sweetly sings.

It is very rarely seen sitting ghostly
On a low slung branch, or twig, mostly
Just above the waters edge,
Or on their perch just above the ledge
And to return with their kill
To bash to death with their bill.

And swallow whole their gotten gain,
Small fry, tadpole or molluscs strain
Their way down to the depths.
I saw one once standing on the steps,
Near Rhayder, on the river Wye,
It flew off before I could say good-bye.

Submitted: Monday, April 08, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 09, 2013


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The elusive Kingfisher seen on the banks of the river wye near Rhayder in Wales as I was out walking with my wife Tina

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  • Walterrean Salley (4/22/2013 12:55:00 AM)

    Interesting. Intriguing. Quite a delightful poem, and very enjoyable. A very good poet you are David. Congrats!

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  • Diane Hine (4/17/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    Beautiful picture of a wild creature. I enjoyed the poem!

  • Neela Nath (4/11/2013 8:49:00 AM)

    Ah! Very nice pictorial quality! The word pictures are awesome.

  • John Ho (4/10/2013 9:35:00 PM)

    Having been an avian photographer for some five years I can appreciate every imagery you have attempted to create. Very vivid description down to the Kingfisher characteristic demeanor.

  • Anthony Di''anno (4/10/2013 9:38:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem about a beautiful bird. I used to see them quite often around the lake and river where I live. Sadly though I haven't seen one for a couple of years. They are truly a striking bird as is your poem. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you :)

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/9/2013 3:42:00 AM)

    Another good one Is it the rain please confirm me once again I will read

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