Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?

My horse took off
The rattler what spooked her is long gone
Stark white, the splintered end of my femur contrasts against the dusty black leather of my chaps
Above, they fly in circles, lower and lower
Waiting for me to go

Word Count – 42

Author: tnkerr

Mostly making things up and writing them down to amuse myself!

41 thoughts on “Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear?”

  1. I’m telling you, birds are just the most vicious of creatures. The wait and swoon in for the kill, pun intended.


    1. My mother used to say that a pun was the lowest form of wit. I think you just proved her wrong. Your words mean a lot. Gracias.


  2. This is my favorite so far. So dark and beautiful. In the second line do you mean “that” not “what”?


    1. Thanks for the kind words, they are always appreciated. By way of explanation on my word choice – I thought long and hard before using “what”. I finally opted to use it because of all the “real” cowboys I know at least half of them would say the snake “what” spooked her. The other half would say “that”. I chose to go with the color, but could just as easily have gone the other way.


      1. Oh, wow! Thanks for the awesome explanation of cowboy-talk. I love your word choice, and I would have made the same decision if I spoke cowboy. You have corrected an editor. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad it’s not me there in the desert. I’m also glad it’s not you. I appreciate your reading and commenting.


  3. I already look like a scarecrow – no need to make a scarecrow look more like me. Thanks for the read and the feedback.


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