Fay Slimm.



Captive's clipped feathers
lie in wild distress
around bird's internment.

Indifferent steel bands
cage flying action
for one Nightingale catch.

Compulsion to sing
shows nature's inbuilt
urging to mate on the wing.


Incessant thrashing

in wire walled attack 

does not ease his passion.


Trilling for freedom

avian pleadings

make me steal the key.


Fly now my beautiful

your chance quickly use,

snatch the right to a future. 

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  • Author: Fay Slimm. (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 7th, 2023 04:36
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 33


  • Neville

    you can beat an egg .. oops sorry bird .. but you just can't beat a bit o freedom now can ya ... both a principle & a philosophy more than perfectly poemed ............... x

    • Fay Slimm.

      Sincere gratitude for all your support and encouragement dear friend.

    • Doggerel Dave

      Both well said and well done, Fay. Can you make a further plea for fish in small home aquariums, while you are in the neighborhood?
      A small fishing net and a hammer, perhaps? (Serious issue, in case you are in any doubt.)

      • Fay Slimm.

        Couldn't agree more with your plea re. small fish bowls for homes Dave - -- the human indifference to any life caged is appalling in our so-called enlightened culture ---am just gettin' my net and hammer ready.

        • Doggerel Dave

          Go Fay...! I'm serious - Birds and fish, and in fact all living things.....

        • orchidee

          Good write Fay.

          • Fay Slimm.

            Thank you Orchi

          • jarcher54

            Your own compulsion to sing is a marvel of nature, and we are fortunate that you are free to do it. This little tour de force is a bittersweet reminder that not every creature has that freedom but nevertheless sings in its own way. This reminds me of the MPS article about poets in prison. I think of John Clare, for example, who continued to compose stunning verse committed to an asylum.

            • Fay Slimm.

              Wow what a list and so enlightening my friend - -- many poets have stirred up authorities for all sorts of reasons and suffered imprisonment - - -- some unsurprisingly from monied backgrounds were not in cells for too long I noticed !! - Thanks a load for sending the link and also for your generous comment on Captive.

              • Doggerel Dave

                Agreed Fay - it is a great list and I intend to park it somewhere for future reference.

              • willowthewisp

                “Snatch the right to a future” will be sticking with me today. Thank you for these words!

                • Fay Slimm.

                  Good to know that phrase helped you Willow and thanks for your visit.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Wonderful words Fay, the capturing of animals is so destructing in Nature.


                  • Fay Slimm.

                    I truly agree with you on this serious issue dear Andy.

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