The magpie waits silently

Photo by Sue Vincent

His handsome plumage disguises
a high-flying dark underbelly,

a conniving thief in a tuxedo of feathers
as he lay in wait, silent witness

biding time until he can lunge at dinner
without thanking the unwitting chef.

Is the magpie more crow? A contradiction –
attractive harbinger of ill fortune portending

no songs for the bird prematurely uncracked
from his egg mid-gestation? Is the magpie

more peacock? Beautiful blue and white feathers
spread majestically, though boastful he

bounds with rowing wingbeats
while lesser birds wilt below.

The magpie is supposed to be intelligent.
He only knows how to be him.


Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the Thursday Photo Prompt “harbinger” #writephoto from Sue Vincent

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

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