Northern Flicker

This wasn’t the poem I was going to post, but a beautiful flicker just banged into my window.  It wasn’t too bad a bang, and he flew off to the apple tree, looking somewhat stunned.  I hope he’s OK and post this to honor this curious, gentle, musical beauty who graces the neighborhood and seems to be wintering over for the first time.

Northern Flicker

Gentle woodpecker
wears a coat of patterned velvet
in cream, brown and black
streaked red like the setting sun
many-voiced visitor
drums like a chain saw
chortles a throaty chuckle
peals a piercing greeting
flying call


like flowing


mystery sound on the wing
surprises and delights


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11 Responses to Northern Flicker

  1. lazfreedman says:

    I really enjoyed this one, Monica đŸ™‚
    Thank you, love your poetry!
    P.S ,on the way to work today a male Cardinal gave me a talking to,(great Birds)
    he fluffed up and gave this interesting chirp with a head slant….then alerting a Squirrel close by,up to it’s ears in nuts,….lol …..true though!and a fun walk…
    Peace and Joy,

  2. bluebee says:

    I love the visual and auditory images in this poem, Monica. They delight the senses and calm the mind. It’s really lovely to get your perspectives on another season in parallel with the one we’re experiencing, as well as the different fauna and flora from your surrounds. Thanks, bb.

    • Thanks, Bluebee for this lovely comment. This summer I was listening to flicker sounds online, and one answered me from the tree outside. That same bird, I think, peered into the window from the roof and almost keeled over. I think he was looking for the bird inside.

  3. penpusherpen says:

    Lovely…just lovely..
    Birdsong is such a feast to the ears….and makes your heart try to sing too…then you see the visitor and a smile forms and turns into laughter.. (I do hope the stunned one has recovered…maybe a hard head is needed for wood-pecking and it served in good stead?) ….I love Wikipedia, followed your link and was rewarded by the photo’s. xPenx

  4. andro51 says:

    You know I had a Woodpecker in the garden about six weeks ago, to be honest it was the first time that I had seen one close up and so was really pleased that it called by… I like your poem too, you have a very nice way of writing verse, and especially this one with it’s added dimension, yes I rather like the spiral effect… Have a lovely day Monica and thank you for adding this one my wicked friend…

    Androgoth XXx

  5. Thank you so much, Androgoth. These birds are even more beautiful than in the picture, and the sound they make — only sometimes — when they fly is really like the sound of water. No one seems to know if it’s a call or the sound of their wings! Don’t you love that? Best – Monica

    • andro51 says:

      You are most welcome my wicked friend, by the way are you posting the Poem that you were originally going to post next? I will be calling by to read that one when you do…

      Now have a really nice rest of weekend and perhaps you will enjoy a nicely chilled glass of wine, the red of course… Be well now Monica.

      Androgoth XXx

      • Hello Androgoth,
        Thank you very much for your comments and good wishes. I hope your weekend was good, too. It is getting dark here, and when darkness falls, hunting season will be over for the year. Hallelujah!

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