Galah Gavotte

Over the last week I have been reading JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to my children (and my husband and my parents). The kids and I have been enjoying the poetry therein and I’ve noticed he favours a certain rhyming pattern for the Dwarf songs. I thought I would use this pattern to write my “waltz” poem about some favourite Australian birds – galahs (pronounced gelars).

in the silver-grey gleaming light
summer shrapnel’s swirling flight
drifting squall, wafting fall
sun chinks slanting, cool and bright

galahs ascreech on telegraph wires
chattering in discordant choirs
preening idly, swinging wildly
smart their pink and grey attires

from my window can’t stop grinning
upside-down they’re flapping, spinning
one claw wrapped, wings aflap
catching droplets while still dinning

I wish the show would go on always
but when rain stops they go their ways
off and flying, cleaned and drying
leaving me with just video replays

Image by Alex Eckermann Unsplash

Written for Bjorn Rudberg’s dVerse prompt “Meet the Bar Waltzing”

42 thoughts on “Galah Gavotte

  1. a lovely playful piece and so good to get a new piece from ‘Worms’; always brightens my evening: I love that you captured their shenanigans on video so you can relive it anytime you want πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes. I would have tried (I use the word tried advisedlyπŸ˜‚) to post the video but I can’t remember when it was and it would have taken me hours to find. Thanks for your lovely comment!! πŸ™‚


  2. I love this too. I’m in the States, and I can’t imagine being able to see these wonderful birds in the wild. Well, I suppose I can imagine (figure of speech!) and you helped bring that picture to light. Love your title too. πŸ™‚

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