The Koel Calls

Doggerel Dave

Notice of absence from Doggerel Dave
Not absent - still here!
Keep Calm and Carry On Poeming. 😂

The koel calls at 4 am from just across the lawn;

Right now I’d like to kill the thing but that’s a little steep.

A chance of sleep is out of the question ‘til way past dawn,

Because of that cuckoo thing’s monotonous bloody beep.


The birds of Australia give us many a fine call,

Such as the local magpie, full of tuneful melody.

However there’s one stupid bird that drives me up the wall;

Of unoiled machinery this bird makes a parody.


These stanzas are disjointed without rhythm or reason.

Koels come from Asia somewhere I’m unreliably told;

Spring (don’t believe it!) is understood to be their season.

Gone, sleep restored, my lines will be a beauty to behold……….promise.


But the koel has an avid fan base:

PS: delete ‘avid’; substitute ‘livid’ (Amusing if you enjoy other's misery.)


  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 14th, 2021 01:05
  • Comment from author about the poem: To Fay… with regrets. Offered this bird , free of charge, to you what seems like eons ago. You declined on the grounds that the cuckoo aspect of this bird’s character might upset matrimonial relations within your garden. You could not know the extent of your loss….
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  • Fay Slimm.

    Wow - did I really refuse to have the koel's call in my garden ? - - and now despite your impressive verse on his monotonous trillings tis strange the video you sent has no sound at all on my ancient 'puter. .....really appreciate the dedication however.

    • Doggerel Dave

      Your ancient 'puter has more sense then either of us can know, Fay. You were saved. You could possibly do an independent search, but why....?
      Nice to know you have the welfare of your own avian friends at heart.Take care of yourself too.

    • Neville

      I swear I heard that Antipodean sound in every Ausie movie I ever found .. but maybe much like you .. I much prefer too wit too woo.....

      there are of course many alternatives but for now, I'll stick with my alibi ................

      • Doggerel Dave

        Yeh - give me a good old Australian magpie (not to be confused with the European magpie it was ignorantly named after) any time.

      • Jerry Reynolds

        Give him a break, he want's to get laid, if silence worked it would quiet as a tomb in Australia.
        Good write, Dave.

        • Doggerel Dave

          I would profoundly object to your 'tomb' reference Jerry, if it weren't that you gave me a 'good write' rating.

        • Gary Edward Geraci

          Love finding the humor here in the everyday annoyances of life; in your case: a boisterous bird!

          • Doggerel Dave

            Thanks for your endorsement, Gary. Seems the only member of MPs who doesn't find the this amusing is me. Everything changes, I know: this will pass - he just doesn't move on (or find a mate) quickly enough....

          • sorenbarrett

            I empathize, I have someone I know that has wild roosters around his house. The county told him they can not be eliminated in that after being free they are deemed wildlife.

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