Words that flow...

Words and images - powerful elements of our everyday life. Most of the time we take them for granted, but sometimes something happens to make you aware of how important they are... and how thankful you are to have the opportunity to use or appreciate them. Here lies some of my words and pictures (which are untouched apart from cropping, unless I've said otherwise) - Please add your words to mine, and leave a comment. Thanks for visiting!

23 November 2006

Friends with the Birds

Happy Thanksgiving!

(to all friends across the pond)

Earlier today, I thought I might try that 'poem in an hour', but kept getting distracted by one thing or another. But, whilst cooking the dinner just now, I had my pda open, an idea having formed somewhere round the slicing onions and chopping chillies...

The idea came from a mix of two things - yesterday, a colleague at work said something about someone's children having 'grown up and flown the nest', and I'd been pondering on the number of expressions people use from our feathered friends to refer to families and behaviour. For example:

  • Flying the coup
  • ...a little bird told me.
  • nesting instinct (when a pregnant woman starts clearing the home in readiness for the birth)
  • cock o' the walk
  • bird of a feather (the closeness of two people - often family- with a mutual interest/ relationship/ way of life...)

And, of course, because so many from the States have been building up to it over the last week (and because it's today! :-) ) I also thought of Thankgiving. So, the two ideas combined to form this tongue in cheek second offering of the day... (see how many birdy-related saying/ expressions you can find!)


Poem Friends with the Birds removed Aug 2017 for publishing]

© Annelisa Christensen 7:29 pm

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At November 23, 2006 8:58 pm, Anonymous Maryam in Marrakesh said...

Wow, Annelisa, I see a feathered friend in almost every word. Impressive (how did you do that?). And thank you so much for stopping by my blog and your kind words. I can tell you are a person with a very big heart.

At November 23, 2006 10:50 pm, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

I don't know how you do these one-hour poems. Amazing! Loved it. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from one of your friends "across the pond."

At November 23, 2006 11:08 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

lol! Great Annelisa

It seems humans are not really
that much different from the birds
cocks ruffling feathers
cock fights & pecking orders
Number One Hen, feeling broody
feathering the nest, laying eggs
out pops one two ...a whole brood

Hope even when they fly the nest
and mother hen takes a rest
they'll still come wit much zest
for family reunions and all da rest

At November 23, 2006 11:15 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Clever! And The Early Bird gets The Worm!...But sadly..The early turkey gets The Axe!!

Killing 2 birds with one stone.
A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush..A Bird's Eye view!

Must be tons!

At November 23, 2006 11:55 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hello Maryam from Marrakesh (how is it there today? You were too busy cooking to say much about outside :-))

I don't know - sometimes these rhymes pop out again and again, like 'ol mother hen's brood! :-) There's no stopping them...

Hi Mimi. Thanks for stopping by - I don't know where you found the time when writing's end must be getting close! This was my first one-hour rhyme (the idea came up -was it last week? - when I was sitting by the pool watching the kids swimming...)

lol as well, Quasar! Were you breaking into rap there? :-D Great reply! Wonder how long that one took?! :-)It was fun! Like it!

Should've guessed you could come up with more, Mother of Invention! I'd kind of run dry. And I hadn't explored the proverbs either - clever! The only other one I can think of this moment is 'as the crow flies' but I guess that's meant literally, so may not count.

I won't have time for a lot of return visiting tonight - my youngest son's been ill today, and I may need to be up in the night...

At November 24, 2006 12:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Impressive poetry as ever!

You're making me hungry. Still - nearly breakfast time and tomorrow's pay day!!

I like that you get funny/interesting comments as well as posting cool stuff - it makes visiting you a double whammy.

p.s. day off celery! (only coz I've been out and not had dinner)

At November 24, 2006 1:05 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Topchamp!

I was just heading off to bed, when I got an email from Mother of Invention about this 30 second rhyme she did, then onto rhymes about door knobs!

Since I can't resist a bit of a challenge, I just had to go look... hence my still being awake!

However, it means that I can comment on your comment before I go :-)

I nearly had your dinner tonight. Couldn't find any meat the kids fancied, so I did a stir-fry rice with onions, cabbage, chillies, carrots and a few peas for colour... amazingly the kids ate it - all! (I'll give 'em meat tomorrow, bless 'em :-) )

Oops, sorry, talking about food again...

Hope you got a decent brekkie! (At least porridge is cheap and filling!- we've got tons of it stored in a big box in the kitchen! :-) )

Guess the interesting comments I get is because there's lots of nice interesting (and funny) people around, and I've been lucky enough to meet some! (and thanks for the other compliments :-)

Maybe nothing's an improvement on celery? Or maybe eating breakfast at teatime would've saved the day?!

Catch you soon!

At November 24, 2006 5:22 am, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Flying high
like a bird
with my head
in the sky

Happy Day, my friend.

At November 24, 2006 8:11 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Morning Kilroy, I can imagine you high... head in the clouds :-D, specially through your youth...
But it doesn't seem to stop you getting your (or anyone elses') 'A's!

Have a good day yourself.

At November 24, 2006 12:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annelisa, thanks for the hearty Happy Thanksgiving from across the pond!

Funny poem! Being vegans for the past five or six years, we've been able to spare a few turkeys to live another day. ;)

At November 24, 2006 2:33 pm, Anonymous brian said...


I hope you are counting the minutes until the weekend, cause I am. :)

At November 24, 2006 5:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So..should I say happy Thanksgiving to you as well? Or...no...that's not gonna work...ummmm....

I'm confused. ;)


At November 24, 2006 5:47 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Dan, good of you to stop by! I guess, for most people, if it wasn't turkeys, it would be some other animal.... I managed to stay vegetarian for a good few years, but a bacon sandwich let me down! :-(

Hello again Brian - sorry, haven't had time to come and see you yet - especially today, but I'll hopefully have some time in a few hours! And yes, thank god for weekends!

Welcome Steven - I don't mind if you do, though it probably wouldn't have the same meaning as to folks over in the States.... and don't worry about the confusion... there's places you can go for that! :-)

At November 24, 2006 5:54 pm, Blogger madd said...

Annelisa..lol..this poem is so fun..I loved all the references to birds of a feather..it seems we are all one big happy family living together in our down fill dove cote..happiness to you and youre..m

At November 24, 2006 7:48 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Madd! More and more we are becoming that one big happy family, methinks! We do have our own cosy little dove cote on the blogosphere, don't we? The kind of place you can go and recoup for a while...

which I'm doing at the mo, since I now have 3 ill children! :-(

Happiness back at you Madd!

At November 27, 2006 3:21 pm, Blogger steve said...

Now you are "Talking Turkey" and its starting to relly "Ruffle my feathers".
"a Bird in hand..."
I always liked 'Hearing the Wild Geese Honking" as a prelude to death... have you ever heard that one?

At November 28, 2006 8:07 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi Steve - Don't know about 'talking turkey', but I've heard of going 'cold turkey' (where the heck does that one come from??

But I've never heard of 'wild geese honking' as a prelude to death... a banshee maybe...but not wild geese. There's wild geese going over all the time in the autumn... I think I'll get some ear muffs next year! :-D

At November 30, 2006 11:23 pm, Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Hands across the pond...makes the Thanksgiving holiday mean all that much more.

At December 01, 2006 3:21 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

I love the very end, Lol! They're in to eat turkeys! Birds eating birds! Hahaha!

Happy long-long-belated Thanksgiving, annelisa!

At December 01, 2006 11:36 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

I guess that, even though we don't have a 'Thanksgiving' over here, doesn't mean we shouldn't be glad for what life deals us in the way of loved ones, friends; and even some of the harder things in life can teach us to appreciate what we have of life more...

Hope you had a good one, Kilroy!

There was a certain irony about the ending, wasn't there?!

... or, are you so sure the birds weren't the main course? :-D

and a happy long-long-belated thanksgiving to you too Frolicsome kid!

At April 04, 2007 3:49 pm, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! I couldn't help chuckling away as I read!!! Happy day!

At April 04, 2007 3:49 pm, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! I couldn't help chuckling away as I read!!! Happy day!

At April 07, 2007 9:31 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Very tongue-in-cheek, Twilite :-D


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