Man vs. Bird

He climbed over the slates

Up the chimney stack

Chicken-wire to hand

To prevent the jackdaw building its nest

In the pot above the house

Nerve-racked, sweating, while up so high

He returned to ground with shaking knees

Proud of how he fixed the hole

Thirty-five feet up in the dank Devon sky

Smoke still draws out, but now bird-proof

We stood back and admired his craft

Then heard the bird’s approaching laugh

Within minutes its ashen head was once more within

So he will have to climb that stack again


n.b. As a fascinated observer I give credit to both Tim and his resident corvid guest for their good-natured persistence in this seasonal tussle.

CLP 18/11/2019