Welcome to #NaPoWriMo Day 5. I didn’t take the prompt from http://www.napowrimo.net today because rehashing other poems doesn’t really interest me. Instead, I took the prompt we gave out in the last meeting of Just Write. We have started a big local writing initiative with the aim of creating a section in the magazine dedicated to writing from the north west. If you are a local writer, please do get in touch and send us your stuff to email@example.com
The prompt was local wildlife.
Tonight we take you to
a very specific part of
the north-western region of
The ecosystem here bustles,
a menagerie in the truest
sense of the word.
In a clearing,
the peacock parades,
flashing its colours
and trinkets to the females
in the vicinity.
One female approaches, curious,
but the male’s mating call
has her quickly turning away.
The peacock starts to become desperate,
now openly and aggressively approaching
He must pair tonight or he risks
becoming outcast from his muster.
All the females have left him behind.
His braying attitude fades
and he returns to his nest,
self-esteem in tatters.
At the watering hole,
the bison are all jostling for position,
barging each other out of the way.
It is paramount out here
for each of them to have their fill,
usually more than they require.
They do not know when they will
next have the chance to
take on water and so greed
A younger, weaker member of the herd
tries to muscle through
but it is quickly ejected.
It is only when the elders of the herd
have finished that he may drink.
He must learn patience.
On its podium,
we see the bird of paradise.
She has spent the day grooming before
this nocturnal display of resplendent colour,
flashes of brilliant orange and blue.
The rest of the jungle see
that she is majestic in her beauty.
A lengthy display has taken its toll
and grace deserts her.
She stumbles down from her perch,
vomits heavy black
down her plumage
her call echoes around the jungle
for a fag.
Each member of this delicate ecosystem
has their part to play in what is one
of the greatest dramas on Earth.