A Poem by Tony Jordan

awful scene

The devastation was total

 a macabre
pot pourri of 
her young

the lucky ones
didn't see it coming
couldn't have

mother stood 
at the roadside
Her keening

piercing my soul

the perpetrator
of the wickedness
still present

seemingly unperturbed
by the carnage
all around

I did not bid usual
good wishes 
to this murderer

whose onyx beak 
bore blood and 
broken shell 

clues to the crime 

© 2017 Tony Jordan

Author's Note

Tony Jordan
I saw a magpie raid on a tiny birds nest in my tree. The nesting pair showed great courage in trying to fend off the much bigger predator but it was useless. The magpie raid devastated the nest that I was watching for weeks.

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Love it. Nature can be cruel and indifferent. Good thing we have guns :D

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Tony Jordan

1 Year Ago

We have better than that - we have words !
Thank you for 'loving it' ( I w.. read more
This is so beautiful, the thing I love about poetry is the interpretations. I first read this thinking of a heart being picked apart (perhaps purely because I just proof read my own poetry about bitter hearts aha) but then I read your note at the bottom & read the poem again. I love the way you write and the words you've used. Makes it so visual!

Posted 1 Year Ago

I can't help but to keep rereading this. The flow appeals me, the story is clear, the word choice is well done. I simply find myself reading this over and over.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Definitely a captivating piece of morbid poetry. Nice work

Posted 1 Year Ago

Another masterpiece! Though it's a poignant one but the way you expressed its spellbound :).

Posted 1 Year Ago

the balance of nature is a real b***h, someone has to go, someone will get hurt, someone will cry.

Posted 1 Year Ago

andrew mitchell

1 Year Ago

this is where you come in tony with the sniper rifle and the maggie in your sights, you failed in th.. read more
Tony Jordan

1 Year Ago

sh*t - sorry matey. Any more ammo?
Brilliant piece of writing

Posted 1 Year Ago

Great description of this little corner of nature. It seems cruel to us but this is how nature is and we can't and shouldn't impose our perspective on it.

Posted 1 Year Ago

"Nature red in tooth and claw", described here so well, Tony.
Cats and magpies are also the scourge in our garden. They seem to know when the fledglings are about to leave the safety of the nesting boxes and we mere mortals cannot protect them.

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Added on April 21, 2017
Last Updated on April 21, 2017


Tony Jordan
Tony Jordan

United Kingdom

Just writing to get it out My avatar is an actual slice of an onion that I cut up and I kept and froze - it reminds me of the saying - If you don't laugh, you cry. more..


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