w c

The Security Fowl

The Security Fowl

 

Very few animals startle

As do the guinea fowl

Their noisy disposition

So strident and loud

 

They cry out at many things

And always object

Knowing all trespassers

As potential threats

 

The guineas travel in groups

Chasing grasshoppers ‘round

Some days panic stricken

When a snake they’ve found

 

The guineas are preyed upon

When they stray from home

The flock a fraction of

The ones I have known

 

The lost have been replaced

With a peacock one

His eyes exceedingly great

And all-seeing in the sun

Comments4

  • orchidee

    A fine animal write w c.

    • w c

      Thanks, orchidee. i'm glad you enjoyed it

    • Fay Slimm

      What beautiful creatures these guinea fowl - birds I have not been blessed yet to meet - a most interesting read w.c.

      • w c

        Thanks, Fay. Guineas are very interesting creatures. They will cry out at the slightest provocation, and some prefer them over dogs for protection. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

      • SLR

        I've always found it amazing that a group of guineas will attack and kill a snake to protect each other. My aunt had them while I was growing up and I saw them do it. A few birds kill a poisonous snake. Definitely a surprising bird. This was an interesting piece. It brought back memories from childhood. Great post.

        • w c

          Thanks, SLR. I'm glad you could relate to the poem. I have memories of guineas and those of a peacock strutting around. I'm thankful to have experienced them.

          • SLR

            I didn't really like them much while I was growing up. They used to chase us around when we'd get too close to a nest. I learned to appreciate them when I got a little older and saw them kill snakes. I thought that was really cool. Birds killing snakes. Blew my mind. :-)

          • Frogspoetry

            SOUNDS LIKE GUINEA IS ALOT LIKE CHICKENS,THEY ALSO WILL BAND TOGETHER TO KEEP THE FLOCK.I HAVE ALWAYS CALLED MY ROOSTERS MY WATCH BIRDS.EVERY LITTLE SOUND THEY HEAR OUT OF THE ORDINARY,THEY WILL CROW TO ALERT YOU THAT SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT.THANK YOU FOR TE MEMORIES OF MY ROOSTERS

            • w c

              Thanks, frogspoetry. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes, chickens are a lot like guineas in many ways. I really enjoy them pecking around and chasing grasshoppers across the yard. As you know, they make very good watchdogs.



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