Poemetry: Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Far from hand, perched in a tree,

churrs a Red-Bellied Woodpecker.

Bobbing his head, the branched trekker

mourns the memory of Eurydice

with rattling call and pleading plea.

By scarlet crest and banded back,

with elegy and threnody,

with joyful dirge and melody,

he adorns the leaves with clacks

and kwirrs in mirthful symphony.

But his Orphean song cannot still

his anxious heart and turning head,

and in a moment she is fled.

Undeterred, he sings in trills

of strength and Sisyphean will.


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