Word Garden Word List #11 (“A Ted Hughes Bestiary”)

Hatched from zodiac of needles and razors,
talons and beaks of solely murderous pretense,
feathered non-sophists soar thunder vapors;
lofty cheesecake stars in post-holiday snaps

but if inquisition were curious to know, not only
chain-toppers but riflers of rubbish, and theft;
opportune scavengers, symbols, screaming their
credo in glittered looting arrogance: greed is good.

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Note:  Although fresh fish are the mainstay of their diet, bald eagles are both skilled hunters and opportunist scavengers.

Shay is the host of Shay’s Word Garden Word List.  Shay says:
What we do here is simple: use at least 3 of the 20 listed words in a new poem of any length or style. It need not have anything to do with animals–in fact I have deliberately included only one animal–the otter–on this list. Then link, visit, and enjoy. This list is “live’ through Friday.
abrupt
adopted
frayed
glitter
goblin
holiday
lexicon
madhouse
medical
needles
otter
ovens
pretense
razors
rubbish
sophistry
static
toys
vapor  (or “vapour” as Hughes writes it)
zodiac

 

22 Comments Add yours

  1. fireblossom32 says:

    Fly, Gordon Gekko, fly!!! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ha ha! Glad you like, Shay.

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  2. memadtwo says:

    Scavenging is clearly a survival trait. (K)

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  3. Sadje says:

    Love your mastery of words Li. Wonderful

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sadje, thank you ❤

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

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  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    They know no fear…good one Lisa

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, thank you. How’s Atlanta treating you today?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        It treated me well! I just got back home a few minutes ago. The interstates are so bad because of the winter temps that pot holes are everywhere…I lost a darn hubcap! lol.
        I had a good time though.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Glad you made it back ok. Dangit on the hubcap! I’m glad you and Bailey had an adventure.

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  5. hedgewitch says:

    This is a tumble of vivid impressions and judgements, images and little pebbles in the mental shoe. Human greed is a ravening beyond any animal, beyond reason, and it will kill us in the end if nothing changes. Skillful work.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Joy, your comment is poetry in itself. Symbols by their nature are lathed in the judgment of the culture that uses them. I love your description of little pebbles in the mental shoe. They aggravate and eventually make us lame. Have you seen the Pearl Jam symbol for Green Disease? Thank you.

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  6. there is a section of the north fork of the south platte river in the pine national forest where i like to fish, primarily cause i like to watch the bald eagles to their fishing. so many nest there, and it is so much fun to watch them. this is very well written, enjoyed this very much

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Phillip, that sounds like a magical place! Have you seen any nests nearby? Thank you for reading and your comment.

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      1. yes, lots of nests in that area. the river is right on the border of the lost creek wilderness area, so not a lot of human encroachment, which is good

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Isn’t it wonderful to know about places most humans aren’t aware of or don’t visit? One of the advantages of staying in one place for a long time, you get to know where they are…

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          1. it is nice, and i like to keep it that way, so maybe i should stop talking about it =) i’m giving too much away. i’m glad you’ve taken an interest though

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  7. Helen Dehner says:

    We are blessed with bald eagles here on the high desert, I love that you chose to write about them. Fascinating creatures, and your use of the word list ~ stellar.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Helen. So very neat you can see the bald eagles.

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  8. qbit says:

    “Hatched from zodiac of needles and razors,” – excellent!

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