Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Fashion Sense Of Scarecrows

The fashion sense of scarecrows falls somewhat below
what one might wish for or expect, but let me be direct--

We are here by dint of some master's splintered stake,
charged with undertaking to repel, not attract

Those 24 that you've not caught, killed, tricked or baked.

The moral sense of scarecrows is something not often considered
as something pertinent to hired foreman or spurned bird,

But ruminate on this, as we have, long nights among the stalks--
envy of avian creatures gives rise to unwonted nocturnal talks

About how to catch and kill the critic, and leave him rotting intestate. 
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10 lines it took me for-freaking-ever to come up with, for Kerry's "Eye of The Beholder" mini-challenge at Real Toads!

   

16 comments:

Sioux said...

Some dark humor, some philosophical musings, some rhyme.

You should read Cynthia Rylant's picture book entitled "Scarecrow." (It will take less than five minutes. Read it at the library or a bookstore, and then return it to its shelf.) It makes one almost envy scarecrows...

Kerry O'Connor said...

It was worth it!

This is an amazing P.O.V. and the musings are meaty despite the imposed brevity of number of lines. You have condensed a great deal into this monologue.

cosmos cami said...

I love the title! This is a great write and those sentences and filled with treasures.

brudberg said...

Fashion has a purpose really.. and I know quite a few who dress to scare.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love this wonderfully twisted dance between perspective, point of view... and what might be expected. It reads like a movie, too. Delicious! ♥♥♥

hedgewitch said...

I was expecting a satire, with that title but you've given us so much more. As Kerry said above--so much in this compressed piece of carbon, sharp as a diamond drill, and full of an extravagant imagination that glows in the internal and repeated rhymes and assonance, from the heavy caustic pragmatism of the first lines to the final --literally-killer close. However long you spent, it was well worth every second, and the craftsmanship under the metaphor is what makes it all work like a dark charm. Really, for all its brevity, one of your best, imo.

howanxious said...

Such an intriguing write, with layers of metaphors compiled into a whole of an almost dramatic piece. Loved it. :-)
-HA

Susan said...

Eavesdropping, r u?

thotpurge said...

am singing "four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie" ....love the context of the poem!

Jennifer Wagner said...

I'll never look at scarecrows the same again! You packed a powerful punch in 10 lines. Dark and cool.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it! I think I know some humans scarecrows...designed to repel and not attract...

Carol Campbell said...

The scarecrow is scary to humans! Excellent!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Ew, creepy, indeed! There's an owl that perches himself in the chimney next door, and in the darkness, his outline scares the piss out of me. I don't let my Yorkies out on nights like that. Loved this, la la Mosk

purplepeninportland said...

Sharp and clever.

Margaret said...

created to repel... just think of how that must feel. That's the sentiment I kept coming back to, the Master created the monster - and the image of a scarecrow is just so eerie.

Mama Zen said...

Oh, this was worth every minute!