Be a bird
Poison words build up and stack
Let insults run like water off a duck’s back
Above the drama take wing and soar
Fly from troubled shore
Climb up high
Touch the sky
By the sun be kissed
Thermal and air current aid enlist
Feathers unruffled, you can’t be bothered now
Smart crow perched on topmost bough
Bird’s the word
This is the 12th prompt for the My Name scavenger hunt – Write a Jay’s Way or write using a bird metaphor. Well, I was inspired to combine them into one poem. The Jay’s Way is a form created by Chazz Combs consisting of 12 lines that are both syllabic and rhyming. The syllable count is: 3/7/11/9/5/3/3/5/9/11/7/3 and the rhyme scheme is: a/b/b/c/c/d/d/e/e/f/f/a.
My mother would often tell me to let the opinion of others “roll off like water from a duck’s back”. She would urge me to rise above the pettiness and to be aware of my strengths. She did much to build my self esteem. There were times, especially in middle school, where that advice seemed inadequate. Still she repeated it more often than the criticisms of detractors and false friends. I suppose I was very fortunate that my mother and father were my biggest cheerleaders and fans. It set me up to be able to say, “The opinion of others doesn’t concern me.” It let me see clearly and challenge the narrative of my bullies.