My Cart 


Backyard Drama
Erle Kelly


Crows in magnolia tree squawking and cawing.
Black Phoebes look to build a nest.
Two doves on cable lines necking and cooing.

Construction loud next door, someone is sawing.
Squirrels reaching for figs make a gooey mess.
Crows in magnolia tree squawking and cawing.

High on telephone pole a Red-Tailed Hawk is grooming.
A possum queues for cat food, an uninvited guest.
Two doves on cable lines are necking and cooing.

Monarchs and humming birds coming and going.
Chatty sparrows fly in, bringing social zest.
Crows in magnolia tree squawking and cawing.

Red headed parrots eye the crows, trouble brewing.
Backyard nature is drama at its best.
Two doves on cable lines necking and cooing.

Local flora and fauna create a fest.
Summertime noises and sightings at their best.
Crows in magnolia tree squawking and cawing.
Two doves on cable lines necking and cooing.

© by Erle Kelly.
Used with the authorís permission.

Erle Kelly, whose poetry has been published in a variety of print and on-line venues, lives in Long Beach, California and attended California State University there. Retired from a career in marketing management, Erle keeps himself busy cycling, tutoring two days a week at a local elementary school, and attending a weekly poetry workshop. He and his wife, Kristine, enjoy tending their community vegetable garden and exploring the world.

Post New Comment:
Jeri Thompson:
Love the repetition and the busy birds going on about their business. You capture nature so well.
Posted 12/14/2019 01:31 AM
Lori Levy:
Such a lively backyard!
Posted 07/27/2019 10:18 PM
Who wouldn't like to be in Erle's backyard? Lovely.
Posted 07/27/2019 10:52 AM
Oh, my a proper villanelle to begin my day, well-crafted by a non-academic from Long Beach--thank you, Erle! Those noisy crows drive me mad, too.
Posted 07/27/2019 10:50 AM
Very nicely observed. I want to pitch a tent in your yard!
Posted 07/27/2019 10:22 AM
Great use of this form. Nice development of the details.
Posted 07/27/2019 10:11 AM
I enjoyed the repetitions.
Posted 07/27/2019 09:27 AM

Contents of this web site and all original text and images therein are copyright © by Your Daily Poem. All rights reserved.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Purchasing books through any poet's Amazon links helps to support Your Daily Poem.
The material on this site may not be copied, reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, stored, altered, adapted,
or otherwise used in any way without the express written permission of the owner.