David Wood

Gold Star - 11,920 Points (07 April 1950 / London)

Kingfisher - Poem by David Wood

The sudden flash of delicate blue
That lightning strike so wondrously 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.

Topic(s) of this poem: nature


Poet's Notes about The Poem

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

Comments about Kingfisher by David Wood

  • Margaret O Driscoll Margaret O Driscoll (9/13/2015 8:32:00 AM)

    So descriptive, such a beautiful bird, only got to see one a few years ago, also wrote a poem about it! ! (Report) Reply

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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! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine Diane Hine (4/17/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    Beautiful picture of a wild creature. I enjoyed the poem! (Report) Reply

  • Neela Nath Das Neela Nath Das (4/11/2013 8:49:00 AM)

    Ah! Very nice pictorial quality! The word pictures are awesome. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed 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 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 8, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 8, 2015


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