Barber’s Revenge

unnamedIt wasn’t a productive writing week. Thank goodness for Laura Purdie Salas and her Thursday  15 Words Or Less Poem  photo prompt. That’s just what it took to get me to write something this week.


Photo credit to Laura P. Salas

When I saw the photo, I immediately thought of a blue jay getting a haircut. With their boisterous, loud presence in mind, I imagined that a blue jay might ruffle some feathers in the avian barber shop. How might the barber respond? I struggled with the 15 word limit this week and had to use my first line as the title to keep the word count down.

Cocky bluejay needs a trim…

At the barber’s pushes in
Swaggers, preens
with raucous squawk
departs abashed
with spiked mohawk

Molly Hogan (c) 2017


This week the Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by the talented Violet Nesdoly at her blog. She’s offering a perfectly spiced ode to pumpkins. Be sure to check it out!

12 thoughts on “Barber’s Revenge

  1. katswhiskers says:

    Oh, I do hope Christie Wyman pops her head in and spies your blue jay. Perfect for her class’ poem this week. Good fun! #ihaveneverseenabluejay

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    • Tabatha says:

      Never ever, Kat? I saw one today. Come visit! (Okay, to be honest, I’m not sure they’re worth the trip…)
      Molly, how fun to rhyme “squawk” and “mohawk” — great imagination!

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  2. maryleehahn says:

    HA! Love this!!

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  3. Love your bluejay / scissors poem with the “spiked mohawk”! It’s the perfect companion to Christie Wyman’s post, from which I’ve just come.

    We have a type of duck around here that wears such a mohawk. The female Hooded Merganser always sports a fashion forward coiffure.

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  4. This is such a fun poem! I can just imagine that blue jay

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  5. lindabaie says:

    So many have shared from Laura’s picture this week, and yours is such fun. Bluejays deserve all the “backlash” from their sauciness! Well done!

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  6. Love that “spiked mohawk”. Great post.

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  7. Oh my! I’ve been watching the blue jays extra carefully this weekend thanks to our two posts. They really are quite something. Big personalities, for sure!

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  8. Well maybe you were waiting for the perfect inspiration Molly, your poem sure meets the bar, and then some! I love the tongue twisting lines you’ve created of the “raucous” squawking Jay, thanks.


  9. Playful with the surprise rhyme. Brings a smile to my morning.


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