THE SHOOT

THE SHOOT

A Poem by MAD ENGLISHMAN



THE SHOOT


C**k-over, c**k-over comes the beater’s cries,

crack crack as 12 bore replies

and out of the skies the Pheasant falls and dies.

A Spaniel, brown and white, watched the short flight,

and dashes to retrieve the bird.

His master, pleased, pats the happy dog.

To the watchers this act so absurd revolts and sickens.

The shooter’s heart beat quickens.

The beaters whoop whoop and crash the brush and brambles.

Trying to get away a pair of Partridge scrambles,

the cry, c**k-over c**k-over again comes back,

and so the birds fly fast, fly low,

to avoid the death blow,

to no avail, crack crack.

His eye on the prize, across the field the Spaniel bounds,

As his master loads more death,

raises the weapon,

another crack crack sounds.


© 2017 MAD ENGLISHMAN



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I love the excitement in this poem. Nicely done

Posted 8 Months Ago


MAD ENGLISHMAN

8 Months Ago

Many thanks for reading. I'm trying to write more serious stuff.
I don't know anything about game shooting but it feels you've caught the excitement and its good that you have expressed the range of emotions held about this emotive subject. You have also written it well, catching the pace of the action well. I liked the 'loads more death' phrase (subliminally I read it as loaths more death!) first time. Well done.
Regards,
Alan

Posted 8 Months Ago


MAD ENGLISHMAN

8 Months Ago

Thank you for this great comment. I'm pleased you liked it.
killing for sport,never did understand the purpose less to feed the frenzy

Posted 9 Months Ago


MAD ENGLISHMAN

9 Months Ago

They breed the birds to stay on the ground. Some birds never fly until they are scared up for the gu.. read more
 wordman

9 Months Ago

my uncle used to shoot these birds
Believe It Or Not Believe It Or Not
This is my first attempt at slam poetry, and I'm excited to film a performance of this piece over the coming day.
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Not into blood sports of any ilk.
When they eventually do (and they will - mark my words - *with waggy finger*) manage to record actual brain waves that can be repeated into anothers brain I hope that hunters (pfft...what a misnomer) are made to download and feel the deaths of these terrified animals before they are given a licence to hunt.
You've got me blood up M.E.

Posted 9 Months Ago


MAD ENGLISHMAN

9 Months Ago

I'm pleased it evoked this response. I wanted to show the nature of this so called sport.
Tony Jordan

9 Months Ago

Mission accomplished M.E.
Top man.

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Added on January 12, 2017
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Tags: shooting, bird, hunting, shotgun, spaniel, bush beating, sport

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MAD ENGLISHMAN
MAD ENGLISHMAN

Great Ponton, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom



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