Birds Suddenly Appear

The Raven
Image by Bill Strain (Creative Commons)

Feeding pigeons,
they surround me,
their gentle coos replaced by
my desperate shrieks.

Making a sandcastle,
the seagulls gather darkly,
so I flee.

I’m calm in nature,
until birds suddenly appear,
all because of a film
Hitchcock made
before I was born.

  In response to the Gargleblaster challenge, I had 42 words to answer the question, “Why do birds suddenly appear?”

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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21 Responses to Birds Suddenly Appear

  1. Nortonmum says:

    Brilliant, that film is still scary.
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    • Marcy says:

      Yes, so creepy. I think what scared me the most was that there wasn’t any reason. Birds have always seemed up to something sinister ever since I saw it.

  2. Mridubala says:

    That’s scary!
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  3. Kay says:

    Great poem! I like how “the seagulls gather darkly” gives us a sense of foreboding, since we know you aren’t referring to their colour.
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  4. Jen says:

    I was a little weary of blackbirds, myself after I saw that movie! lol This was creative!
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  5. Madhura says:

    I was growing increasingly uncomfortable, till you mentioned the movie! great take on the prompt!
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  6. Karen says:

    My mom is terrified of birds because of that film too. I like the path you chose to take with the prompt, and I love that picture.
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    • Marcy says:

      My mom was too–that reinforced how scary I thought they were when I was a kid. (I probably shouldn’t have been watching such a scary movie when I was little, I guess.)

  7. theinnerzone says:

    Love the creative take on the prompt. The picture adds a great touch!

  8. Kir says:

    I have never seen that movie and I doubt I ever will, because I don’t want to be scared.

    Birds are hard to love for sure, and your piece gave voice to that. Great job with the prompt.
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  9. Nice take on the prompt. I was reminded me of Hitchcock’s film, too. 🙂
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  10. Gina says:

    My first thoughts AFTER the song was the movie. Large, and close, flocks of birds are pretty freaky. This was nicely done!
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  11. Geeta Nair says:

    Great poem Marcy. Good I haven’t seen that film. I love birds. They are so soft and sweet unlike some animals. Can’t think of them as anything else.

  12. Shailaja V says:

    Oh I remember that film! Thank God I have no bad associations as a consequence 🙂 But, this was brilliantly done, Marcy!

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  13. A Writer says:

    You old a lot in just 42 words..that is awesome and perfect answer..:)

  14. Sue says:

    I did see the original – and while not normally scared of films that one did – especially since it was spring and swarms of birds were around when we walked home. Loved the piece !
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    • Marcy says:

      I think part of what made it so scary is that birds are so commonly in the background, unnoticed, but the movie made them menacing. Thanks for your comment.

  15. It’s a movie that sticks with you, that’s for sure. Great job here.
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  16. Any reference to Hitchcock earns my respect. 😉
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