A Scarlet letter from a Reckless lover

A Scarlet letter from a Reckless lover

A Poem by Patricia Wedel

 
He said he would love me for every nesting season 

I had no reason to doubt his every song... 

Flying together through many storms... 

He always stayed away from the Brothels.  

Then one day he flew to town to buy seed 

at the local Double Bar where Sally Mae  

wore red feathers and garters with diamonds... 

He never made it home and a Pigeon brought me 

a Scarlet letter that read... I have been wed to 

Sally Mae, and we are nesting in the straw and hay 

for all our days... so when that Scarlet Tanager comes 

flying by... you might invite him to stay overnight... 

  


© 2020 Patricia Wedel


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I'm smiling here.....birds do it, bees do it.....everyone has broken hearts! At least the birds can hide the letter "A" on their heads with their colorful feathers! In the animal kingdom, there are few species that mate for life. Very different sort of write. I enjoyed it. Lydi**

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dear Lydi... I suppose... later in life.. we can be imaginative and creative with a tear and a smile.. read more



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Such a wonderful metaphor for all humans. I love the way you constructed it and every word has meaning. Your imagination is so way out there and you come up with these dreamy poems that I absolutely love....every word!!! Fondly, Betty

Posted 9 Months Ago


fortunately, we have no Scarlet Tanagers in our area and have not been exposed to such shocking behavior
Even my little furry companion, snuggled by my side, looked up in shock when I read this piece to him
Really!
Some birds!!

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Dave Brown

9 Months Ago

He's recovered, wiser now !
Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

Raisen Pups is tedious... not too much too fast. He will be taking you for Walks soon ... Enjoy th.. read more
Dave Brown

9 Months Ago

: ))


Sally Mae has got a bloomin lot to answer for ... but those scarlet tanagers are something else aren't they Pat .. in fact I think they are now re-classified and are now part of the cardinal family .. warmly yours, Neville :)

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Neville

9 Months Ago


... and dont we just know it eh' Pat .. chirps are cheap as chips and a smile costs nufink,.. read more
Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

Yes, Nev... a smile is free and berries are our best food. Tonic water with Quinine is a bubbly tre.. read more
Neville

9 Months Ago


......... :)
Oh you cannot trust men nor those 'pretty little birds'. A forlorn offering of a strayed fledgling as nature takes its course!

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dear John... Birds have their "flight of fancy" when
out and about. It is difficult to trus.. read more
... And now that they are gone, we can't but notice the space they used to be and how hollow and empty it feels now, where once its comfort brought warmth.
Such a sad and oft repeated recipe... Bird meets bird, bird meets other bird and first bird is left to scavenge but her memories as love takes flight.
Will we ever learn? Love is for the birds 😀

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dear Lorry... love your Take on this poem. I have been watching a lot of Westerns and so it influen.. read more
ahahaha ..the Tanager ..scarlet man w***e says i! ;) the audacity to ask for an invite :) your Voice is distinct always .. the personifications are crisp and clean ... and the turn of Mr. Tanager as he heads for the Seed Bar .. is delightful .. nice one as always Pat. thanks for sharing!
E.

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

yes ... the dominant male must fight for it and to keep it ... the animal Kingdom is no utopia is it.. read more
Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dearest Gene... if you have Tanagers in the Forests of the Ozarks, then that would be the Best Utop.. read more
Einstein Noodle

9 Months Ago

:) .......................
Oh the Sally Mae's have been the. cause of many a broken heart, putting temptation into the way of a man's ego. Broken promises can hurt so much. I think of our avian friends. Swans mate for life. I also read The Scarlet Letter many years ago. Stained with shame, so everyone could see. Some can take the hurt and still blossom. Others can't. Creative and image laden poetry dear Pat filled with emotion.

Chris

Posted 9 Months Ago


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Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dearest Chris... so soothing to read your words. Some people are Artists and paint feelings with wo.. read more
Chris

9 Months Ago

You are always welcome Pat and I send my fondest to you this Sunday morning.
Oh my goodness, Missus.. a different tone of voice from you!!! Even so your imagination reaches far into the great literary yonder and tells another side of your wonderful imagination's flight. Must say, having read it again, I think quite a few of those manflers adventure the globe, though most wouldn't put it in writing!

Posted 9 Months Ago


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emmajoy

9 Months Ago

Aha, I learn something every day, Pat.Take care, keep safe. xx
Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dear Em... a wild rose has soft petals
sometimes the wayward wind blows and
the ros.. read more
emmajoy

9 Months Ago

Thank you so much, Pat. Take care, keep safe and do pop in when you can. :)
First & foremost, this is pure awesomeness, as far as personifying birds with some of our most dire human traits! I have to say, I've never met a man (& probably plenty of women, too) that couldn't be tempted away from a steady love. That's why I've never been much of a believer in commitment. This poem has some imaginative flouncy descriptions that really give us a strong feathery glimpse into what really went down in this case! *wink! wink!* Fondly, Margie

Posted 9 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Patricia Wedel

9 Months Ago

dearest Margie... your plumage is colorful and mischievous .. whereby I leave my heart print on your.. read more

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