Pileated Woodpeckers


Pileated Woodpeckers

(Mixed Poetry Styles)



Watched these shadows fly

Past windowpane they went by

Black with two bright heads


Red tufted

Pileated breed

Peck for feed


On family fence, these creatures alight,

Big birds with colors black and white.

Crested  head shows blazing red,

And pointed beak to dread.

In this neighborhood,

Tearing up wood,

Folks foresee,

Would be





White chested,

Long pointed beak

Gets hard wood bark bested

With a sharp jackhammer head tweak.

Gains instant access toward insects they seek.

Hope to keep them away from my house, fence, or shed

Once there on my roof, it could spring a leak.

Best they stay on trees by the creek,

Where they all once nested.

With skilled technique,

Once rested,





Woodpeckers that go whence



Author Notes

These two Pileated Woodpeckers landed on the fence in my backyard. I’m happy they didn’t start chewing up my cedar fence. They are the largest woodpeckers in North America. It was great to see them and catch a picture, but I’m glad they didn’t stay long. They belong in the forest.

For this poem, I used several styles of poetry.

I started with 5-7-5 followed by 3-5-3. Then I went to a Nonet, followed by a Diatelle. I closed with a 1-6-1 style.

The 5-7-5, 3-5-3, and 1-6-1 Poems are all driven by the named syllable count.

A Nonet is a nine line poem. The first line containing nine syllables, the next line has eight syllables, the next line has seven syllables. That continues until the last line (the ninth line) which has one syllable. Nonets can be written about any subject. Rhyming is optional. A perfect Nonet is centered and the structure forms a nice V shape. If right justified, it should make a nice inverted staircase.

A diatelle has a set syllable count and a set rhyme.

  The syllable count is: 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1, 

The rhyme patter is: abbcbccaccbcbba. 

It is usually displayed centered to make a diamond shaped structure.

This picture was a photograph taken by the author.

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