poetry by j matthew waters

Art the Beautiful Pheasant

Art the beautfiul pheasant
so wanted to be a partridge
dreamed of living
in a pear tree
on Christmas day

Boundaries kept him at bay
limited his Las Vegas odds
of surviving
Iowa fields
for another season

Art the beautiful pheasant
forged ahead in colorful pride
turned shrubbery
into a birdcave
and survived the winter

Such ingenuity and foresight
found favor with the gods
aided the bird
and his clan
to march further south

Art the beautiful pheasant
so wanted to be a partridge
but settled for life
in a sanctuary
on the Mississippi

december, two thousand eleven
copyright j matthew waters
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Painting by Renée C Winkel (click to enlarge)

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  1. I received this email from a friend today.

    FROM: Arthur
    TO: JMW
    Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:42 PM

    Will you do a poem called Art the beautiful pheasant? I told the girls at work i could give you a title and you could write about it. They picked the title ,,, go figure,,,
    Sent from my iPhone

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