How to fly

How to fly

A Poem by Patricia Wedel
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under the cover of bright orange Zinnias...

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I fell for a northern Flicker with a gentle expression   
His mating involved bill touching, bobbing, 
and spreading wings...   

Being a female southern Flicker, I returned his favor by 
dancing and calling wick-a-wick-a-wick-a...  
with intervals of seduction and a bit of plucking...  

I knew we would mate for life and my intention was 
to be his wife for better or for worse... 
until death us do part... 

Mating among the Zinnia's is a romantic rendezvous 
and a possible coup... a brilliant, sudden, and usually 
successful stroke of luck... 

We will share the responsibility of teaching our 
offspring "How to fly"... 





© 2017 Patricia Wedel



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You are right my friend. We must teach our offspring to fly fearless and strong.
"I knew we would mate for life and my intention was
to be his wife for better or for worse...
until death us do part... "
I understand the above line. Me and poor wife are trying. Thank you Patricia for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear John... "we must teach our offspring to fly fearless and strong" is a good omen when raising ch.. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

Thank you Pat and you are welcome.



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so cute ..so playful ..a very bright spot on the subject of love ..it just doesn't have to be so damn serious all the time ..i adore this poem and am putting it in me library ..thanks for sharing your bird call of the day :)
E.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

1 Month Ago

dear E... what an endearing morning to find you at the feeder nibbling on sunflower seeds ... perhap.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

big grin on me face right now ... thanks Pat!
You are right my friend. We must teach our offspring to fly fearless and strong.
"I knew we would mate for life and my intention was
to be his wife for better or for worse...
until death us do part... "
I understand the above line. Me and poor wife are trying. Thank you Patricia for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear John... "we must teach our offspring to fly fearless and strong" is a good omen when raising ch.. read more
Coyote Poetry

2 Months Ago

Thank you Pat and you are welcome.
I love the beautiful imagery that you've created here. Depiction from birds' point of view is simple very interesting. Lovely line to end the poem.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Sourav... Birds seem to survive in nature in so many ways... without wars in many countries... .. read more
Great personification of the Flicker woodpeckers....a tale of two finding a romantic haven among the colorful flowers. So sweet, Pat. The imagery is stunning. Lydi**

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Lydi... romance has no barriers when love is in the air... "tweets" are allowed in
the .. read more
When it comes to us humans and the high incidence of marriage breakdown, could do well by taking a leaf from ( or a feather) from the humble Zinnia!

Love, courtship and matrimonial devotion at its very poetic best...beautifully penned Pat!

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Tom... you have showered my poem with the tenderness of a soft rain... refreshing and thoughtfu.. read more
What a lovely poem, with a thoughtful message. Those Zinnias know more than they make out! I watch the pigeons on the roof tops, with their seduction antics. The male bows to his mate and then they gently nibble beaks. Quite right too!

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear aunt Astro... your review is true to
Heart... nature is fascinating and never misses an .. read more
yes, great personification of these wonderful creatures of the air. indeed we do share that responsibility. so lovely and bursting with truth, wisdom & insight regarding natural love, mating, commitment and responsibility for the future. i could feel that I was one of those birds in the flowers. you've touched on so many great things. This made me think of the song "Learning To Fly" by Tom Petty. It made me think & smile. enjoyed this very much.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Pete... how charming that you enjoyed "How to fly". Birds are amazing
and are very res.. read more
Birds seem to know how the world works.
This is nature at its best. Well done.

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Paul... thanks for reading "How to fly". Birds have little in worldly possessions, but they su.. read more
Paul Bell

3 Months Ago

So true. They certainly don't moan like us.
Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

So true... we are averaging almost 100 degrees. Some persons are in the Emergecy room from heat exha.. read more
SO BRILLIANT! I'm very impressed with your idea of personifying these feathery friends! I love the way you weave in true facts about this bird species. It's a creative way to teach about natural things. I love the way factual information is woven together with a realistic bird love story. Nice work! I'm inspired! (((HUGS)))

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

dear Margie... lovely to meet you. I really was touched by your review. My daughter Edie's two chi.. read more
barleygirl

3 Months Ago

I have a facebook friend who posts many photos of amazingly decorated birds every day. Your words ar.. read more
Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

Awww... you are a dear friend and a joy to know...
hugs, Pat
Dear Mrs. Flicker,
Smiled all the way through first and second time! What a delightful bird you are and undoubtedly much loved for your sense of humour, imagination and deep affection.. amongst the Zinnias. Yours, the Dorset Dreama. x

Posted 3 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

emmajoy

3 Months Ago

Your world reads to be beautiful... and that means you;re a 'happy bunny'! Looking at, listening t.. read more
Patricia Wedel

3 Months Ago

"Morning glory". Six am here in Fredericksburg, Virginia... predicted to be in 90's today. Have a.. read more
emmajoy

3 Months Ago

I will, I will.. i celebrated the waking of dawn with an opening of window so i could hear 'my' blac.. read more

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Mother of Robert and Edie Marie... Grandmother of Ethan age 14 and Madeline age 10; also Shannah age 4 and sister Kahless age 2 Married to Roger, a man of Letters, retired. Living in Fredericksbur.. more..

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