The Ravage of the European Starlings

Beauty in the Decay Series #17

She said, But this has nothing to do with the photo.
He said, I know.
She said, But I like it here anyway.
He said, I know.

The Ravage of the European Starlings

They imitate songbird calls
to sneak into their nests
and ruin their eggs, maybe
eat them for all we know.
Feeders and suet ruined.
All the nice birds, gone.

– poem and photo by mary macgowan

The Beauty in the Decay Series
is attentive to the intersection of nature with human-built things;
how nature will have its way.
The captivating presence of the process.

3 comments on “The Ravage of the European Starlings

  1. seascapesaus says:

    Not a poetic response but….Some of the starlings around here do perfect imitations of kids’ delighted squeals while playing. And, they sit on the phone lines leading into the house. Are these the first steps towards a home invasion? Many years ago my inquisitive 3 year old daughter picked up a dead one and we were plagued by bird lice for weeks, until we finally found out what they were and blasted them! She was covered in bites and was so itchy poor darling, all because of a starling. Does rhyme make me poetic? sorry, just a hope.

  2. i love this response! you made me laugh! sometimes it is so good to let the poetic thing go! about the rhyme, well, i am not the judge about that making you poetic, only the poetry god in the sky can decide that.

    i wrote this because my sister was complaining so bitterly about the cursed starlings. in fact, she said “the ravage of the european starlings” and i ran to get my computer to write down the way she said it! it’s spooky that they’re imitating your children! ahhhhh! beware! i don’t do birds or bird feeders, so i don’t know a darned thing about them, but your experience makes me definitely want to avoid all darling starlings!

  3. Ross says:

    All the color in the world comes through the words “she said”, and there was light between them. Words entwine.

    After the starlings displace native species, like the robin, they will build something new on the old foundation left in the earth. After we are all gone along with the old house.

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