“May the magpie of happiness return to roost in our trees” – Chinese saying
Pica pica please don’t fly away
Our smoggy air is not a Four Pest ploy.
For health, good fortune, wedded bliss please stay.
We need your dapper black and white for joy.
So you are thief, rogue, louder than a jay
deceptive, sneaky, flashy, brash and coy.
Bold happy bird don’t disappear in grey.
Without you I won’t be a lucky boy!
© 2017 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)
Prompt – Inspiration
This is another poem inspired by one of the photos in the Shadows and Silhouettes collection from the Boston Globe. This poem was in response to photo is #24
This April I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by posting some not-as-yet published poems from my files, along with what inspired them. If the prompt inspires you to write a poem of your own, you’re welcome to share it in comments. Just one more day and we’re done with posting this collection. It’s gone by quickly. Thanks for dropping by!
2 thoughts on “Beijing Magpie”
A four pest ploy – I totally enjoyed the background info you provided with the link. I taught Red Scarf Girl to our sixth graders when we studied China, but had never heard of the Four Pests. Love these words: “We need your dapper black and white for joy.”
Thanks, Ramona! It was interesting to discover that the magpie was considered quite a lucky bird in China. Yet in other places, it’s thought to be a huge pest. They are handsome birds, but rascally too, at least here in Canada.