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

Struggles 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

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  • gumbygirl250
    I enjoy listening to the birds in my yard sing, call out, and chat amongst themselves often wondering what they’re saying, especially at night. So this poem spoke to me.

    The wording is beautiful and powerful, and paints a word picture of how nature’s sounds can both frighten and soothe the soul. 
    LikeReply10 months ago


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