from the feeder
a gila woodpecker
dips his beak and long tongue into
The gila woodpeckers make it almost impossible for me to keep the hummingbird feeder full with liquid. They have learned to perch on top of the feeder and tilt it to one side so all the sugar water tilts to one side making it easier for them to drink from a deeper well. Lately, I've noticed that the finches and thrushes have learned to do the same thing from watching the wood pecker. Except they tilt the feeder until liquid drips out the side and they can then drink it. Why must the larger birds steal from smaller birds? Why is it, it seems to me that the big guys are always trying to take advantage of smaller guys?
Can you write your own poem about a big taking advantage of a little? Would this be called bullying among the birds? Have fun writing. Oh, did you figure out that the form of this poem is a cinquain? It is a syllablic form of five lines with two syllables in the first line, four in the second, six in the third, then 8 and finally two syllables in the last line.