Oh killdeer!

Killdeer, you land in my way!

Oh, why must you lay on a nest exposed and unsafe?

Broken-winged mother, I am no fool to your theatrics,

even the noise you create cannot distract me

from a glimpse of your eggs:

the cause of your telegraphed tactics as bait.

Eyes scan for ovals amid a moonlit ocean of pebbles,

clandestine shells hidden, in situ, where they throb.

One misstep on pseudo-stone could wreck the womb

of three small mouths with hollow bones.

But, I should have known,

the crafty home you built on solid ground

could be found by the neon flagging,

nestled under broken twigs, molted feather upholstery

with downy makeshift springs.

Oh killdeer, you are as clever as a crow,

may your eggs hatch and hatchings grow.

poem from ‘Nostalgia, Naturally: A collection of poems and photographs’ by Tyler Pedersen, Copyright 2007

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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5 Responses to Oh killdeer!

  1. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    May we all be in awe of nature’s creatures, both big and small. Each one has a story to tell, a shrill song set against the sun.

  2. words4jp says:

    these little birds are so cute. we have so many around my neck of the woods – + there is an area in the NW burbs called Killdeer! I love watching them hop on the ground as they move.

    • Yes, Kim, killdeer chicks are very precious and the mothers persistently baiting intruders with shrieks of feigned injury! I actually wrote this poem while in Illinois after being inspired by one of my encounters with these clever creatures. I hope you are having a good day thus far 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  3. i popped over here so i could click the like this is very cute! i have never heard of killdeer but i did once 😉 just sayin’ (on accident tho!)

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