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Saturday, February 14, 2015

2015 Sound Poem Project Day 14: The Woodcock's Mating Song

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lovebirds chocolate heart
from Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe.
Today is Day 14 of Author Amok's 2015 poem-a-day project. We are spending February writing in response to sounds.  We're going to the birds, with three bird-related prompts in a row.

For a full description of the project and how to participate, please read this post. I hope you'll join us. I'll continue posting poems from Day 14 as they come in. Thanks to everyone who has sent in poems so far. It's a joy to read all of your responses to these sound prompts!

I pulled all of your suggestions for sound-prompts in random order, so chalk this one up to serendipity…

Our Valentine’s Day (Day 14) prompt is a male woodcock’s mating song, which is a combination of a call, a sound made with his feathers, and a dance. Thanks to Buffy Silverman for suggesting this sound-prompt.

Diane Mayr of Random Noodling has an enthusiastic little woodcock. What fun sounds in this poem!

A Doodle Ado!
by Diane Mayr

A saucy young
his way through
a boggy thicket.

He has come
in expectation
of canoodling
oodles of lady


And Patricia VanAmburg is focusing on his mate.

Flight Pattern
By Patricia VanAmburg

Woodhen’s heart is atwitter
Woodcock high in the sky
Too soon she’ll be a sitter
For fledglings learning to fly

Mike Ratcliffe’s poem is in the voice of some saucy, sassy woodhens.

The Woodhen Mocks
by Mike Ratcliffe

Yeah, I see you over there,
struttin’ around all stiff-legged.
You think you’re somethin’
but I saw you up there in the air.
You call that a dance?
I’ve seen turkeys spiral up better than you.
Hey, I’m gonna call you "Rock,"

’cuz that’s how you fell.
You’re suppose to fall like a leaf,
all graceful and floatin’ gently,
but the way you came down—Rock. 
No wonder you’re walkin’ so stiff.
Yeah, you may have the call down,
mimicking one of them fine woodcocks, 
but honey, you ain’t foolin’ none of us girls.

Focusing on a bird’s wing-sounds, rather than its call, reminded me of something that happened when I was in Albuquerque last week. I borrowed the rhythm and structure of William Carlos Williams’ “The Red Wheelbarrow” to give this poem a lightness and to help me focus on the imagery.

Tent Rocks, New Mexico
By Laura Shovan

Hiking the slot
with my friend,
A raven
wings beating
the air
was the only

Slot canyon at Tent Rocks.

The tent rocks were formed by a long-ago volcano.
Linda Baie’s woodcock is coaching his son on that first time out wooing the girls.

Dad’s Advice: Follow The Woodcock

First the flight display:
bicep mindset.
Like the woodcock’s trill:
Old Spice, nice.
Then the buzzing peent:
Levi’s 501, son.

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

And Linda wishes us all Happy Valentine's Day!

Here's one more flighty Valentine from Charles Waters.

This camouflaged
Dollop of bird,
 Feathered in charcoal,
Cinnamon and silver
Buzzes out of his
Needle shaped beak,
Searching for
 A date on

Valentine’s Day.

(c) Charles Waters 2015 all rights reserved.

Here are all of the sound prompts for the third week of February. As promised, I included a couple of sounds from New Mexico:

Sunday, February 15

Video of Santa Fe's Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi by Jennifer Lewis.

Monday, February 16
Read more about this sound here.

Wednesday, February 18 
Recommended by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes of Today's Little Ditty

Friday, February 20 
Follow the link to choose your reptile.
You'll need to turn the volume high to hear this one.

If you'd like some poem-starters to wake up your muse, you'll find them at the bottom of this post. Drop in any time with a poem. I’ll continue to post your work throughout the month, no matter which sound you are writing in response to.

Would you like to read what we’ve written so far? Here are links to the week 2 poems. You can find links to the week 1 poems on all of these posts:

Sound of Waves Poems by Patricia VanAmburg, Diane Mayr, Linda Baie, Laura Shovan, Margaret Simon, and Charles Waters.

Bubbling Cauldron Poems by Diane Mayr, Charles Waters, Laura Shovan, and Buffy Silverman.

Fireworks Poems by Charles Waters, Diane Mayr, and Laura Shovan.

Classic Typewriter Sound Poems by Patricia VanAmburg, Diane Mayr, Charles Waters, Mike Ratcliffe, and Laura Shovan.

Mockingbird Poems by Linda Baie, Mike Ratcliffe, Laura Shovan, Charles Waters, and Margaret Simon.

Cape Eagle Owl Call Poems by Linda Baie, Patricia VanAmburg, Charles Waters, and Diane Mayr.

Male Woodcock Mating Call Poems  -- Today!


Anonymous said...

These are great everybody <3 Patricia

Diane Mayr said...

Oh, Laura, your poem is lovely. Your photos are a treat. I want to go there!

Everyone else added a bit of Valentine's Day "color," shall we say?

Linda B said...

I love all those 'oodles of canoodles' Diane, & the surprise at the end, Patricia, the wonderful voice you captured, Michael, & Laura, you've discovered that wonderful quiet of New Mexico-beautiful place.