Fay Slimm.







There it lay weightless and waiting until a breeze
lifted it's gossamer frame
and silently floated its presence away.


That marvel of strong fragility which tho' covered
with patches of under-down
was intelligently patterned for rigidity.


Feather-perfection can when attached raise aloft
any hollow bird-bones, taking
to hovering heights outstretched wings.


Feather-borne fliers skim the sky, drift on thermals,
quiver in ether,
stay afloat, dive when keened by fiercest of winds,
feel warm throughout
chilly nights and successfully brood nestfuls of kith
and kin by fluffing up heat or cool.
Fine tufted smoothness surrounding dense matter
gives thistledown buoyance
and hooked strength to feather-mass schooled in
usefully dressing dove or predator.

Praise for the sight of discriminate beauty within
such flimsy wonders as this.


  • orchidee

    Yes, good write Fay. Also, I saw a midge creature, less than 1mm long. Minute (as in small size) fascination with it.
    No one's perfect - except me, of course! No one believes me though. heehee.

    • Fay Slimm.

      Thank you for your visit dear Orchi.

    • dusk arising

      Aren't we all. by and large, envious of our aerial friends. I have often watched in awe with that childhood fantasy, still inside me, that i could fly among them.
      But down to earth you may find me at dusk transfixed by the beauty of a blackbirds song.
      You have the gift of taking your reader out of their environment to mentally romance with your chosen subject .... as i found myself doing once again today.

      • Fay Slimm.

        So pleased my few lines on feather-perfection took you out of your environment for a moment or two dear friend and many thanks for saying so. My wish is to hope my poetry reaches the heart.

      • Joe Dawson

        Right now outside my window are birds rising and falling at such angles as to be impossible. A road outside reminds them of their frailty, yet still they peck around the white line risking all for food before launching up and away to freedom, an rare occasions however … A celebration of a write dear Fay. Joe

        • Fay Slimm.

          Yes the flight-freedom of birds is amazing Joe - am so pleased you enjoyed my idea of Perfection.

        • Alan .S. Jeeves

          Wonderful theme Fay. These creatures are as beautiful at rest as they are in flight.

          Ex animo, Alan

          • Fay Slimm.

            They really are Alan - beautiful is the best word to use for such feathered creatures.

          • Goldfinch60

            An angel has obviously passed you way Fay.


            • Fay Slimm.

              What a beautiful thing to say my friend - angels must surely love all feathered creations.

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              ANGELA HERE - Good Evening FAY.. Thanks for another gem - euloguising feathers ! Each individual Feather is a masterpiece of design. Each species of Bird has its own specific set of feathers - suited to their size & habitat. Seeing a Golden Eagle gliding on a thermal is an unforgettable experience - and one of the miracles of Nature - There is a GOD - AMEN. Thanks for sharing !

              Blessings & Peace & Joy
              Love Angela & Brian 💛💛💛

              • Fay Slimm.

                Oh the beautiful majesty of a Golden Eagle - yet each feathered creation has something special of course - thanking you kindly for your encouraging comment dear friend.

              • Neville

                so deserving of all the positivity already heaped upon it by your loyal peers dear Fay.. and for what its worth..... I love it too..


                • Fay Slimm.

                  Thank you sincerely for your most valued comment on my few words about feather-perfection.................. have a good Sunday dear friend.

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