The Shriek of the Night bird

The Shriek of the Night Bird- Abby Kesington

The shriek of the Hermit thrush
Splinters the fragile peace of nightfall
High pitched, emotions threatens to crush
The looming fright disguised as bird-call

The raspy notes fails to calm
the liquid  fear rising within
Whistling chatters, sounds off an alarm
pushing anxiety to claim a win

Mournful hooting calls from a distance
matches muffled chants of a recluse
Unveils the camouflage with little resistance
the fountain of tears break loose

The piercing sound of sustained chirping
sends sleep on a long journey
Worry and despair intrudes, harping
like arch rivals playing a tourney

The rise and fall of the song
lures the weary soul to sleep
As dusk and dawn dances along
The perfect lullaby to fall asleep.

About this poem

Struggle with anxiety

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Written on October 11, 2022

Submitted by Abbykesington on October 14, 2022

Modified on April 27, 2023

41 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 767
Words 138
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Abby Kesington

Abby Kesington blends her Nigerian roots with her adopted Texan home, infusing her poetry with cultural richness. Formerly a journalist in Lagos, she graces Houston's poetry scene with her eloquence. With degrees in Political Science from prestigious Nigerian universities, she champions equality and fights against discrimination worldwide. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Just imagine the thought. The euphony of cacophony that provides its own lullaby.
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • Abbykesington
      Thank you. It's an honor to have you comment on my poem.
      LikeReply1 year ago
  • teril
    Hi Abby
    Thank you for describing that moment, that endless nighttime struggle. Your poem is strong, the images are great, the rhymes make it all come together.
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • Abbykesington
      Thanks for your comments. It encourages me to write more. The struggle is real.
      LikeReply1 year ago


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