Swallow dance

For Colleen’s weekly challenge. A butterfly cinquain.



flock, twittering

companionably in

their fighter plane swoop and roll, fierce


gathering their strength. I watch them

dance, enthralled, knowing I

would never dare


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

34 thoughts on “Swallow dance”

    1. It is a lovely image. They are splendid little birds. I can never get over how they fly across huge expanses of water without being able to settle, rest, or eat. They are so tiny, you’d think they would use up all their energy reserves long before landfall. Then they cross the Sahara Desert….

  1. Fabulous Butterfly Cinquain, Jane. Swallows are truly the “fighter pilots” of the sky. Their maneuvers always astound me. I’ve seen quite a few cactus wrens here in AZ – a bird I’m not well acquainted with. Lovely creatures and they flit about on the ground chasing bugs. ❤

      1. Watching birds is tremendous. I used to be keen when I was a kid. I see so many more varieties here than I did where I grew up, but also many species that have dropped off the radar.

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