Although it may, at first,  appear as spooky ‘Poe-esque’ piece, it is more about how children react to and are sometimes fascinated by mortality, and how they are drawn to the supernatural and macabre.



Dead bird

Huddled kids await the moon,

hoods tilted to the ground,

there by the hopscotch rune,

all forlorn without a sound.


One grabbed a shed lent stick,

to move the sky fallen form,

with a silent funeral flick

under the threatened storm


A hole was scraped by spade

for wings that no longer soar,

stone marked in daisy shade

the grave for a bird no more.

15 thoughts on “DEAD BIRD

  1. An excellent and thought provoking piece of poetry Nigel. I wonder at what point in our lives our attitudes to death change. As you captured in your poem, death to a younger person has intrigue and innocence attached to it and this seems to alter with time. Is it a religious and cultural influence? for example the Western approach to death compared with other cultures. There is a lot hidden in this poem Nigel.

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    1. Thank you Davy, apologies for the late responses, bit off it. I think certainly religious and culture has influence, but in a way to try help the adult mind cope. If we’re brutally honest funeral rites are psychological tools cleverly presented to achieve closure. When we say ‘we gave him a good send off’ it is of course for the benefit of we who remain. Lynn had an experience of this as I posted, a bird flying into her window, and her grand-daughter wanting answers, and Ben relates the same. I can remember burying pets, road-kill (aunt Phyllis the heavy sleeper) as kids we’d bury everything, complete with grave marked, reflection and can vaguely recall doing it because ‘that’s what you do’. Clearly age makes a difference. I never visited a Dr until I was diagnosed with PD, then there’s a sudden , sh*t, I thought I was immortal and you suddenly have to come to terms with it. The strangest thing is that the so called paranormal incl post death survival has been a fascination since I was a boy. Now I just shrug and think why bother I’ll find out for sure soon enough haha!

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      1. Interesting thoughts Nigel and maybe the issue of immortality and death have a bearing on most writers. I think attitudes to death are slowly changing in the West and funerals becoming more of a celebration of life.

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      2. Indeed, my Will states no funeral rites, no coffin to be seen, I wish to spare my long-suffering wife and kids the upset. Just a party where everyone has to wear a false moustache and listen to my bible re-writes & bawdy limericks and there’s only toast to eat.

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  2. Beautiful Nigel, I am deeply touched.
    It is great beauty in this scene of the young sharing the seriousness, questioning what happened and then honouring the little bird. All sharing the loss and the moment.
    Thank you

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