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Scarecrow Poems

by Mickey 

Posted: 11 October 2018
Word Count: 317
Summary: These two poems are in response to a personal challenge set by James and Michael to write a humorous piece about a scarecrow modelled on Michaelís translation of Caremeís

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The Scarecrow’s Daydream
The straw man’s feeling so forlorn
stood amongst the spring-sown corn
with turnip head and button eye
in the fields of wheat and rye.
The fact is everybody knows
a scarecrow’s job is scaring crows,
but he can’t scare the birds one bit
who on his outstretched arms will sit
deciding what to plunder next
oblivious to his self-respect.
His confidence at an all-time low
they’re off to start another row.
In the scarecrow’s wildest dream
which fills him full of self-esteem
his job success is less erratic
because he is no longer static.
His straw-filled legs can walk and run
and he can chase the birds for fun.
He gives those cheeky crows a fright
much to the local kids’ delight.
The Scarecrow’s Dream Comes True
One day the scarecrow felt a rustle
in the straw below his knee.
He didn’t worry, wasn’t puzzled –
he thought it was a dormouse see.
But then he felt his whole legs itching
and looking down toward the ground,
his lower legs had started twitching
and both his feet were moving round!
His straw arms too were activated
the joy of movement was revealed.
The happy scarecrow was elated.
At last he could explore the field.
He let himself down from the branch
that he’d been dangling from for weeks
and tentatively tried to dance
which brought a flush to turnip cheeks.
Just then the cocky crows flew past
and gave a loud sarcastic ‘caw’
but now the straw man could at last
show them what a scarecrow’s for!
He’ll wait and let the crows alight
amongst the farmer’s rows of corn,
then give the bloody lot a fright
to make them wish they’d not been born.
But just before he could attack
to scare the crows and save the grain
he felt the tree branch up his back …
It’s all a bloody dream again!

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James Graham at 20:31 on 11 October 2018  Report this post
Well, the sequel didn’t take long! At first I was disappointed to find the story turned out to be ‘The Scarecrow’s Dream Comes True…not quite’. But it didn’t take long to see that your idea is quite original -  ‘The Scarecrow’s Dream Seems to Come True’. This time the dream is so vivid it seems real. It’s a kind of dream that not only scarecrows have. So long as it’s a happy dream and not a nightmare, waking up is not nice.
he felt the tree branch up his back
I can almost feel that. What a way to return to reality! Readers would sympathise with this scarecrow. Poor fellow, know how he feels. So it’s not at all disappointing, it’s just as it should be.
There’s more to the poem than this, and more to say about it. So I’ll be back.

James Graham at 21:21 on 13 October 2018  Report this post
There’s one line that bothers me a little, but I can’t for the life of me think of how to fix it.
he thought it was a dormouse see
The ‘see’ does seem to be there just for the sake of the rhyme. Making an awkward rhyme like this isn’t something you do very often. But as I say, I can’t see a way round it. Just to amuse you, here’s my best effort:
One day the scarecrow felt a rustle
below his knee, among the straw.
He didn’t worry, wasn’t puzzled –
he thought it was a pesky shrew.
So who am I to criticise? Anyway, it would probably be pretty much sorted and wouldn’t bother anyone if it were
he thought it was a dormouse, see?
I’m still enjoying a couple of good bits:
and tentatively tried to dance
which brought a flush to turnip cheeks
Just then the cocky crows flew past
and gave a loud sarcastic ‘caw’
There are lots of crows/ rooks where I live and they always sound sarcastic. It’s le mot juste. They land on your roof and it’s ‘See you’ve got a new satellite dish! Bully for you!’

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