Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Totally Optional Prompt is 'Like a Cowbird'

Cowbirds are brood parasites, they go to the nest of another specie, such as a song sparrow, toss out an egg and lay one of their own. The song sparrow then raises the cowbird chick. The aspect I find fascinating is that the cowbird grows up and knows it's a cowbird and not a sparrow. It talks like a cowbird, hangs out with cowbirds, and knows to lay its eggs in other bird's nests. It seems to learn nothing from its 'parents'. The challenge this week is to write 'like a cowbird'.

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Remarks on the prompt, your latest poetry discovery, or this 'poetry exchange' blog can be made as comments to this posting. Late Wednesday night, between one rerun and another, I'll post a Request For Poems, where you can leave a link to your poem inspired by the prompt, or any other poem you want to share.