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i Oct 6th 22 Comments by

We are having a Shraiku contest as part of Wake Audubon’s Year of the Loggerhead Shrike. Shraikus, like Haikus, are highly structured poems composed in 3 lines with a total of 17 syllables. Shraikus must have 5 syllables in lines 1 and 3 and 7 syllables in line 2. The theme of a shraiku must be the Loggerhead Shrike – evoking images or feelings associated with this amazing bird.

You may enter as many times as you wish.   There will be prizes for the top three Shraiku writers.

Submit your Shraiku as a comment using the following form:

  • Title (all caps)
  • Line 1: 5 syllables
  • Line 2: 7 syllables
  • Line 3: 5 syllables

***  PLEASE NOTE:  All comment must go through moderation, so it may be a few hours before your poem posts.  ***

Comments

  1. Kane Byers
    October 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Death on a barbed wire
    Viciously stabbing small bugs
    What a painful death.

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  2. Keith Brooks
    October 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Don’t mock me shrike-bird;
    Though you look like a raccoon;
    You don’t even have talons.

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  3. Jo Himes
    October 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Watching an old tree
    Shredded mouse bleeds with blank eyes
    Stained leaves; shrikes were here.

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  4. Ali Iyoob and Matt Daw
    October 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Death on a barbed wire
    Head juices drip to the ground
    Butcher strikes again.

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  5. Max Altenkirch and Kaitlyn Lospinoso
    October 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    The sparrow that hunts
    It does not have sharp talons,
    But beware the beak!

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  6. Elinor Laczko
    October 8, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Masked hooked avenger
    Blockhead perched, ready and waiting
    Hawk eyes hunting swoops

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  7. Annie Runyon
    October 19, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Loggerhead Shrike

    Bold eyes in dark mask
    One blade trembling in the grass
    Grasshopper impaled

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  8. Anne Runyon
    October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE

    Bold eyes in dark mask
    One blade trembling in the grass
    Grasshopper impaled

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  9. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 8:59 am

    SHRAICOLOR

    Black, white, shades of gray:
    The colors of deception.
    Inside I am red.

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  10. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    BANDED

    Plastic or metal
    Human-inflicted shackles–
    All shall I destroy.

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  11. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

    GRASSHOPPER PINNED

    Birdwing suffering:
    Schistocerca, thorn-impaled.
    Death became a friend.

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  12. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

    PERCEIVED

    Mask meant villainy;
    Bandit, brigand, road agent:
    The French Mockingbird.

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  13. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

    SHRAIKALARM

    Lizards will scatter
    Where a butcherbird’s landed.
    And kinglets chatter.

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  14. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

    LARDER

    To the barbed-wire fence
    Rollercoaster flight leads to
    His impaled trophies.

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  15. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

    PIERCED

    Shrike awoke one morn
    And wished she’d never been born.
    Her pain was a thorn.

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  16. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    BUT HOW’D HE FIND THEM?

    Cold day. Watched a shrike
    Swallow three June beetle grubs
    In fifteen minutes.

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  17. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    SIGMODON ASSESSMENT

    A shrike, though ignored,
    Sized up a blind cotton rat
    Many times his weight.

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  18. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    LONG-AGO LIFER

    On the grassy lawn
    Of Stedman Corporation:
    Lifer Lanius.

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  19. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    NAMES OF PLANTS CAN BE BAD

    Nathaniel Hawthorn
    Was the name I gave the shrub
    Where the shrike hung prey.

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  20. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    TEABERRY RIDGE

    On the deer fence, once:
    An ox beetle, barb-impaled.
    The shrike was away.

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  21. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    UNLEARNING IN A LOWCOUNTRY CLASSROOM

    Shrike out the window!
    Has pinned a scarlet kingsnake!
    Principal’s office!

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  22. Jeff Beane
    October 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    EVERY TIME

    Bird on power line–
    If ever he saw a mask
    Would his pulse quicken.

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