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One of the poems from the anthology entitled THIS IS GUYANA. It gives a description and the characteristics of the bird, the kiskadee. It was written in September 1967.


What bird is that - that is about eight inches long?
What bird is that - that utters so sweet a song?
Bird in the towns and in the open countryside,
On the coast lands and in the village side.
What bird is that?

Pure sulphur yellow is its under wings and breast,
Its black head has a white band and a yellow crest;
Sharply hooked and strong is its beak, black in colour.
Its back and upper parts have warm brown feathers.
What bird is that?

Way down on the carpet or high up in the green,
This beautiful bird creates a lovely scene;
It builds a grass nest with pieces of wool outside,
Wherein three eggs are laid and the young abide.
What bird is that?

It feeds on insects, seeds, fruits and even fishes,
It hops and sings everywhere as it wishes,
Its sweet melody - kis-ka-dee, kis-kis-ka-dee
Creeps into my ears almost incessantly.
What bird is that?

Copyright © Frank Ramtahal 2011

Submitted: March 16, 2011

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nice description of a beautiful bird

Tue, April 12th, 2011 8:53am


Thank you again ever so much.

Tue, April 12th, 2011 6:20am


Frank Ramtahal:

Highly atmospheric, colorful and naturalistic. Gives the reader the experience of the natural world when everything was happening. Great writing.

Gave it an "I Like It" vote. Well deserved.

Will read and vote for your other postings as well.

Thank you, once again, for becoming a fan. Appreciative and grateful. You are most thoughtful, considerate and kind.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Tue, July 19th, 2011 2:41am


Sorry for what happened.

I greatly appreciate you using your precious time to read my poem and offer a positive comment. I know you have numerous reading requests but if you can also offer any suggestions for improving any of my poems, I will gladly welcome them.

Thanks and enjoy the day.

Tue, July 19th, 2011 2:57am

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