Poem-One Stop Poetry: Mortality

This is my first visit to “One Stop Poetry” and I thank moondustwriter for intoducing me to it. I’d like to post a poem published a few years ago in a small literary magazine:


A dead quail lay on the path,
legs extended
grasping the last touch of life,
eyelids sealing off earth’s beauty forever.

Layers of gold feathers
zigzagged its empty breast.
Clods of earth soiled
the handiwork of some obscure Artisan.

I knelt to honor
nature’s defiled chalice,
scooped the chilled stiff form into a plastic bag.

It landed with a thud in the empty garbage can.

21 thoughts on “Poem-One Stop Poetry: Mortality

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Isn’t that they way it goes too. A moment of honor and then thud. It’s all over.


  2. i think i need to thank leslie personally for getting you involved…a wonderful write and can see why it was published…i loved the beauty of the piece that is cut short with its sudden despatch into the bin…cheers pete


  3. Teresa says:

    This is so sad. It hurts to think such a beautiful creature could be discarded as trash.

    Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/moon-over-the-corn/


  4. Shashi says:

    Shutting down the earth’s beauty… loved it and specially the “Thud” as it got me there with you watching the slow motion movie of the drop…
    Thanks for sharing…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    Connect with me on Twitter at @VerseEveryDay to read one verse everyday on life, love and longing…


  5. An unexpected twist to one’s final physical fate yet it is a stark reality. I love the delicate expressions then the jarring end. Hope to see more of you at One Stop.


  6. signed .............bkm says:

    Wonderful expressed this beauty and then the cold reality of what actually happens…over with a thud….so much for ode to a bird…..bkm


  7. Tony Single says:

    The finality of its undignifying fate. So sad! You write so simply and expressively. I really enjoyed this.


  8. brian says:

    oh wow. the emoion is echoed in the bottom of that trash can…i would have knelt in honor as well…


  9. Timoteo says:

    …”the handiwork of some obscure Artisan…” I like that a lot. Thanks for the One Shot!


  10. tuberider says:

    This is great! We can;t runaway from death. It’s never going to be pretty.


  11. Jingle says:

    stunning words…
    love the flow…

    Happy Wednesday!


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