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Battle Between Bird and Beast

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I started sharing poetry articles back in 2013. Every year I share a poem a day in April.


Battle Between Bird and Beast

Before horrible wars of man

the animals would sometimes fight

in tales from ancient Africa

a quarrel over what was right.

An ostrich and an Elephant

to turn a squabble into war

started a famous arguement

much destruction and nothing more.

The Ostrich tired of Elephant

mindlessly stomping on bird's nest,

treated birds as irrelevant,

declared a war upon plain's crest.

The Elephant began to laugh

animals of prairie also

would not believe in a birds wrath

could not foresee untimely woe.

Yet form above the bombs did fall

Ostrich eggs were flung upon heads

with each egg launched animals call

and hit hard ground as if their beds.

The bruise that came from battle loss

would lead into an all out war

land animals lost the coin toss

and from above the birds knew score.

© 2022 Jamie Lee Hamann