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[Marianne Williamson]

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Poetry Friday - Cockatoo AU

It's no longer Friday here, but I've been entertaining a rain-bound Wombat all day, so haven't had a chance to polish the poem or post until now. Luckily, it's still early for the rest of the world!

When I began this week, I thought I was writing a ballade, which mutated into a ballad, and finally ended up, of all things, as an acrostic Franken-sonnet* with a trochaic metre!

Cockatoo AU

Cocky wanna rule the world?
Or, perhaps, the universe?
Cocky shrieks a strident curse!
Keen defiance, crest unfurled,
Armaments in claws, tight-curled.
Treetops dance as troops disperse
Overhead, with aim diverse.
Orbit once, then missiles hurled.
Aggravated damage done.
Undefeated! Triumph won!

[Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) on Scotland Island, near Sydney, New South Wales, Australia taken in June 2004 by Arthur Chapman.]

*Franken-sonnet = it's got the abbaabba pattern of an Italian sonnet, combined with the couplet ending of an English sonnet, but it's missing a quatrain, so really doesn't deserve the name at all! Hopefully it won't hunt me down some dark night and demand retribution for its misshapen form!

This week's Poetry Friday is hosted by Wild Rose Reader. Enjoy!


Kelly said...

Love the Franken-sonnet! Cute bird too!

Author Amok said...

I've never heard of a Franken-sonnet (can't help but think of Frankstein's monster). The cockatoo does look like he's wearing a military helmet.

Schelle said...

Lol - that's what I had in mind - a Frankenstein's monster of sonnets, all cobbled together with bits missing!

Mary Lee said...

I'm just trying to get my head around seeing cockatoos in the wild! How fun, but I'll be sure to stay out from under them!