He Spreads His Wings

Mallard taking Off

He Spreads His Wings

(Modified Octogram)

A Mallard lifts from lake to sky

He spreads his wings

To reach aloft and freely fly.

He skyward springs

As feathers flare, his wings swing wide,

Displays the grays on underside,

When feathered physics get applied,

He spreads his wings.

This bird has character galore

That color brings.

Fluorescent shades, the basic core

‘Round head it rings,

As sun shine turns it blue or green,

It changes with a splendid sheen,

Amazing sight, you’ve ever seen,

He spreads his wings.


Author Notes A Mallard duck can lift off water nearly vertically. Depending on the angle of the sun, the male’s head and neck, which has fluorescent feathers, appears either green, or blue.

I modified an Octogram for this poem. .The Octogram is a style of poetry invented by Fanstorian Sally Yocom (S.Yocom). It consists of two stanzas of eight lines each, with a very specific syllable count and rhyme scheme. Syllable count is 84848884, repeat on second stanza. Rhyme scheme:ABabccbB ababddbB, where B repeats same text.

For this poem I changed it to ABabcccB ababdddB to great a three line rhyme on the triple eights.

No more than 16 lines. The tempo is iambic tetrameter on the 8 count line, and iambic dimeter on the 4 count line.

The photograph was taken by the author at Battle Creek park of Maplewood, Minnesota in March 2013.

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