Birdshooting Season

Birdshooting season the men
make marriages with their guns
My father’s house turns macho
as from far the hunters gather

All night long contentless women
stir their brews: hot coffee
chocolata, cerassie
wrap pone and tie-leaf
for tomorrow’s sport. Tonight
the men drink white rum neat.

In darkness shouldering
their packs, their guns, they leave

We stand quietly on the
doorstep shivering. Little boys
longing to grow up birdhunters too
Little girls whispering:
Fly Birds Fly.


from Talking of Trees (Calabash, 1985), copyright© Olive Senior 1985, used by permission of the author.

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1Moon

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2Rejected Text for a Tourist Brochure

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3Leaving Home

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4Embroidery

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5Lacemaker

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6The Birth of Islands

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7The Secret of Flying Close to the Sun Without Melting Wings

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8Peacock Tale 2

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9Rooster

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10Hen

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11Guinea Hen

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12The Pull of Birds

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13Meditation on Red

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14Hurricane Story 1904

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15Hurricane Story 1988

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16Starapple

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17Pineapple

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18Guava

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19Guinep

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20Bamboo 4

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21Brief Lives

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22My Father's Blue Plantation

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23Meditation on Yellow

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24Gastropoda

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25Shelter

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26Garden Snail

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27Hurricanes

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28Join the Dots

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29Shell

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30A Superficial Reading

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31Colonial Girls School

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32Birdshooting Season

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33Hurricane Watch

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34Dead Straight

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