Skip to main content

NaPoWriMo : National Poetry Writing Month : April

State College of Florida Swamp Scribes Writing Prompts and Creative Support for National Poetry Writing Month

Day 3 - Birds

PROMPT by Professor Mary Ellen Barker

Write a poem using the overall theme of birds.

To review a few poems, look at 


by Mary Ellen Barker, 

Oh wretched bird in that tree,
why do you sing with such glee?
Cannot you see the turmoil below,
the strife, the pain, the dragging low?
I envy you your winged flight,
the heights you reach, the sights.

If my arms could soar as your bright wing,
I too, would gallantly sing,
Soothe the hurt, calm the fears---
bring joy where there is sadness and tears.

Oh silent bird in yonder brush,
what has caused such a sudden hush?
Did my grumbling frighten you,
or is it the view?
Yes, we here on our earthly perch
are making things much worse.
Maybe we should all take to the sky,
soar and sing, begin again.

Ragusa, David. “Gull.” Unsplash. 2014. CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
Public Domain Dedication

From UnSplash. Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos.
10 new photos every 10 days.

Mary Ellen Barker
Department: Language & Literature
Title: Adjunct Instructor


State College of Florida Libraries State College of Florida Libraries