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The Jackdaw, by : William Cowper

The Jackdoor 5
Jackdoors at Kells Priory, County Kilkenny
Irish Wildlife Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Jackdaw

by : William Cowper

There is a bird who, by his coat
And by the hoarseness of his note,
Might be supposed a crow;
A great frequenter of the church,
Where, bishop-like, he finds a perch,
And dormitory too.

Above the steeple shines a plate,
That turns and turns, to indicate
From what point blows the weather.
Look up — your brains begin to swim,
‘Tis in the clouds — that pleases him,
He chooses it the rather.

The Jackdoor 4.

Fond of the speculative height,
Thither he wings his airy flight,
And thence securely sees
The bustle and the rareeshow,
That occupy mankind below,
Secure and at his ease.

The Jackdoor 1.

You think, no doubt, he sits and muses
On future broken bones and bruises,
If he should chance to fall.
No; not a single thought like that
Employs his philosophic pate,
Or troubles it at all.

The Jackdoor 3.

He sees that this great roundabout,
The world, with all its motley rout,
Church, army, physic, law,
Its customs and its businesses,
Is no concern at all of his,
And says — what says he? — Caw.

The Jackdoor 2.

Thrice happy bird! I too have seen
Much of the vanities of men;
And, sick of having seen ’em,
Would cheerfully these limbs resign
For such a pair of wings as thine
And such a head between ’em.

10 responses

  1. Ein gelungenes Bild! ๐Ÿ™‚
    A great shot! ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

    • Hello ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you, very please you enjoyed the post ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

  2. Love the poem and the photos Nigel! I like the way you’ve set it out ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    • Hello Norma ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you and I am very pleased that you enjoyed both poem and images ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

    November 20, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  4. What a perfect marriage of image and word. Great shots.

    November 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  5. 1annecasey

    Stunning flying images!

    November 22, 2013 at 2:04 am

    • Hello Anne ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  6. poppytump

    You captured that Jackdaw brilliantly Nigel . Love the movement in his wings there in image 3 particularly ๐Ÿ™‚

    November 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  7. Magnificent!

    November 23, 2013 at 8:22 am

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