Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Bird Bath

I made a bird bath
from an old baptismal font
I picked up at St. Stephen's rummage sale.

I painted it and placed it
in my backyard,
but it's wasted.

Who knew birds could be
as contrary as me
about religion?

For Open Link Night at dVerse

45 comments:

Mary said...

Ha, birds like people make choices, I guess!! And some of them are arbitrary.

Helen said...

:-) or me!

Brian Miller said...

ha. perhaps they have more sense than most...lol. love the snark

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Ha! Very fun - Mosk

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Ha! Very fun - Mosk

Marina Sofia said...

Concisely witty - great fun!

Ray Sharp said...

ha ha!!! me too, re: religion
I bungied a plastic birdbath to the rack of my bike and pedalled it home, for our honeybees.

Glenn Buttkus said...

Reading this might be the most fun I have all day; love the twists, the kindness within the jabs you take, the freshness of your endeavor; and using a religious receptacle for a bird bath is genius. As to the damn birds, remember they are just snakes with wings.

Maggie Grace said...

Too funny. Sometimes what we think will be great falls flat...like our writing at times. The expensive (on sale) copper birdbath is rejected by the birds but they love the terra cotta round dish I placed on a flat surface in the garden. Gotta just try stuff out sometimes. Keep the birdbath for you to admire though! Fun and interesting to read.

mrs mediocrity said...

Ha! Nature teaches us everything we need to know about religion.

Claudia said...

oh i could've told you they are...smiles...clever write

awakenedwords said...

contrary indeed. maybe they could sense who had bathed there before...

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Pure brilliance! Love it! Thanks for making me smile!

Anna :o]

ssmatthews451 said...

the thrush and the jay drink the brook of today, what need have they for religion? Enjoyed this a lot!

Alex Dissing said...

Very nice! You say a lot in very few words.

grapeling said...

maybe they'd prefer to drink from the bar? or at least the sacramental wine.

rowantaw.com said...

A wonderful piece and a unique comparison.

Wolfsrosebud said...

some just don't know what's good for them... LOL, great humorist twist

Susie Clevenger said...

I feel like the same way..I once was taken under in the water of religion...some of the worst things in my life came out of a pew

Grace said...

I love that ending MZ ~

marousia said...

Nice sting in the tail

marousia said...

Nice sting in the tail (final stanza)

scotthastiepoet said...

Deftly done, Mama!

With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

isiltharien said...

A very interesting and poignant piece, it does make one ponder.

turtlememoir said...

awesome poem, who knew indeed? but they are sometimes very picky for whatever reaason. a neighbour of mine once hung a hummingbird feeder that only crows came to - not what she'd had in mind for her backyard ;)

ayala said...

A great write!

Dawn Paoletta said...

Who knew? Oh well...maybe they'll come around. Stranger things happen. ;)

LaTonya Baldwin said...

You and Alice Walker share views. Enjoyed.

Truedessa said...

Well, that was humorous, perhaps the bird would rather use a lake. Now what are you going to do with that birdbath..Whenever I come here I know you will have something outside the box to read. Creative with a punch...

Sam Edge said...

were they Cardinals?

zouxzoux said...

Those damn birds just don't know what's good for 'em. :)

flaubert said...

Being raised a Catholic, I could relate to this, mama. I like it.

Pamela

kaykuala said...

One can never underestimate their choices. Instinct is powerful! Nicely MZ!

Hank

Lorraine said...

You'd be amazed at what you can attract. nice, very nice, I bought one once too,at a garage sale from a church, porcelain no less all white, all water, only cats came over, oh well c'est la vie!

pandamoniumcat said...

Ha ha... what fun... a great write those funny ol birds hey!!

Steve King said...

Great wit and skill. Great job.

jane hewey said...

i love this metaphor! Either can be made as pretty as can be and still not be attractive.

seasideauthor said...

Love your write. Just
goes to show sometimes
a total makeover still
doesn't cover the (appearance)
under the surface. But,
patience might.Thanks

Phil said...

An interesting thought Mama Zen. Maybe you should get another font froma a different church and see if the birds have a different religion.

mjshorts said...

This made me smile.
What might those birds know that we don't?

Myrna R. said...

Ha. Guess some of us have more in common with birds than we ever thought. Good, wise, crack here.

Mystic_Mom said...

Totally cool! :-D Picky birds.

sharonlee said...

Love the quirkiness of this!

Susan said...

Hehehe! Who knew!? But look closely--spiders and bees might not be such purists.

himani rawat nayal said...

Maybe the little bird did't like the painted colour... Crisp writing.