An Ode To “Draw A Bird Day”

Somewhere along the way, in the world of WordPress, the 8th of every month has been dubbed “Draw a Bird” day.  And two of my blogging buddies – Laura (Create Art Everyday) and Jodi (Life In Between) – do check out their very creative sites – have urged me to join in.  So here’s my attempt at participating.


An Ode to “Draw A Bird Day”

“Use pens!  Use paints!  It’s fun!” they said, “Come on and draw a bird.”
But I will bend the rules a bit and draw one with my words.

“But which to draw?”  I ask myself – for the choice is rather hard
when there are so many lovely birds that show up in my yard.

And so I step outside and say, “I’ll draw the first I find.”
And in he swoops, a woodpecker, of the Red-bellied kind.


With feathers white and speckled gray that decorate his chest,
and just a hint of rusty red that’s blushed across his breast.


And oh, the beak, a sharpened blade, a sword to rival none;
a pointed probe that spears its food and boasts of battles won.


Then bold, and yet still whimsical, the pattern on his back,
is like a simple checkerboard with squares of white and black.


But what stands out the most must be his crimson colored mane
that streaks across his head and neck, a blazing feathered flame.


And so I used not pen nor paints, for my palette is my words;
but still I hope I passed the test to simply “draw a bird.”





About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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21 Responses to An Ode To “Draw A Bird Day”

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Perfect Kathy! Lovely poem you painted with your beautiful photos! So glad you participated! 🙂

  2. Kathy!! So wonderful!! I’m gonna show your poem to Hub. We used to write poems to each other many moons ago and we both love birds. I know he’ll love it! This is wonderful!! And your photos are a wonderful part of the package too!! 💛💛💛

  3. Wow, this is wonderful!!! I especially love the picture of his “haircut”, so funny! 😊

  4. aussiebirder says:

    That is a brilliant poem Kathy, and so well illustrated, you could make a Childrens book easily with that as it is, it is worth considering, you could even make a series of books:-)

  5. Squid says:

    Wow, that was amazing! And you had the perfect pictures to compliment your wonderful poem. I’m definitely impressed. 🙂

  6. memadtwo says:

    He’s a beauty. (K)

  7. Jodi says:

    Oh Kathy!!!!! You painted a beautiful bird with your words and photos! SO creative! I LOVE it! Such great shots you got, and such sweet, lovely words! I wish you could see the big smile on my face! 🙂

  8. Trail Walker says:

    Beautifully drawn, Kathy! I’m smiling from ear-to-ear as I read your drawing and enjoy the excellent pictures of one of my favorite birds.

  9. kathydoremus says:

    “read your drawing” – love it!

  10. Tiny says:

    That’s a complete painting, Kathy. And a stunning one at that!

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