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Pileated Woodpecker [Poem]

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

dressed for his coronation
in ebony cape,
ermine trim,
scarlet-crested crown.
But would royalty be caught
backing down a dead hickory?

By: Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr ©


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21 responses

  1. Nice picture, and the poem is perfect accompaniment.

    27 June 2008 at 12:41 pm

  2. Great picture!
    Always enjoy a good poem like this one.
    Thank you!
    Wonderful the way the young naturalists are involved this summer.
    Sherry

    27 June 2008 at 12:44 pm

  3. We all love Pileated Woodpeckers. And even royalty must act like commoners now and then. Nice picture and poem.

    27 June 2008 at 2:02 pm

  4. telmcg

    Very brilliant picture; the poem gives it so much more character! Thanks for sharing.

    27 June 2008 at 2:37 pm

  5. Liked the poem! Now that you’ve mentioned it – he does look like royalty even if he doesn’t act like it.

    27 June 2008 at 2:39 pm

  6. Well, they are surely grand. The poem is very cute. The Pileated always looked kinda of prehistoric to me. Now after reading this poem, I’m always going to think of them as royalty. I think I’d like to wear a red-crown hat like that.

    27 June 2008 at 3:34 pm

  7. Lisa at Greenbow

    Very funny…good poem and picture. I was thinking there would be a very royal ending to the poem. It caught me off guard. Very good.

    27 June 2008 at 3:45 pm

  8. He is very royal! Lovely poem.

    27 June 2008 at 4:31 pm

  9. Oh, she’s beautiful! The poem made me smile broadly!

    27 June 2008 at 4:39 pm

  10. @ Wren – thanks and glad you enjoyed Max’s Poem!
    @ Sherry – Thanks and felt like a good day to share this with everyone!
    @ ncmountainwoman – Thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ telmcg – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Shelley – Thanks and I think it is for sure!
    @ Linda – I agree that a hat like that would be great! Thanks
    @ Lisa – Thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ LIza – thanks and Max did a wonderful job with this poem! Glad I had a picture to go with it!
    @ Jayne – thanks and glad you smiled!

    27 June 2008 at 5:39 pm

  11. Nice woodpecker… he’s really going at it!
    I love the ending to that poem. He’s humorous 🙂 Nice find.

    27 June 2008 at 5:55 pm

  12. Oh, how I love those Pileated, but they are so difficult to image. I see them flying over head, but don’t get the chance to take any photos. Thanks for sharing yours.

    27 June 2008 at 6:17 pm

  13. Another wonderful poem!! And of course, photo!

    27 June 2008 at 6:30 pm

  14. Tom–I love the poem! Ermine trim–perfect.
    As for backing down a dead hickory–when one is royalty, one can do ANYTHING.

    27 June 2008 at 8:45 pm

  15. That poem is just perfect as is the picture! I’m jealous!

    27 June 2008 at 10:21 pm

  16. Great picture..and really pretty poem.
    ~nita~

    28 June 2008 at 2:10 am

  17. Marg

    Love the poem especially the last line

    Great Pileated shot too-I miss ours 😦

    28 June 2008 at 8:19 am

  18. That is a great poem! Good job!

    28 June 2008 at 9:18 am

  19. Neat shot and poem Tom !!

    28 June 2008 at 2:10 pm

  20. @ Heidi – Thanks and this is also a fave poem of mine!
    @ Becky – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ NatureWoman – thanks and glad you enjoyed Max’s Poem!
    @ KGMom – Wasn’t it great!! LOL
    @ BirdGIrl – Glad you enjoyed!
    @ Nita – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Marg – LOL I thought it was perfect also!
    @ threecollie – Max did do a wonderful job with this!
    @ Bernie – Glad you enjoyed!

    28 June 2008 at 7:57 pm

  21. …or smashing their faces repeatedly into a tree trunk, for that matter?
    Lovely photo. Around here they’re so skittish!

    28 June 2008 at 11:26 pm

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