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"Wicked Fowler" | 08-Aug-05

"The wicked fowler took his gun
and beat the world with crazy eye.
From dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn
he shot the birds out of the sky.
Thrush, barn owl, eagle
until his forefinger wore away"

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Comments:

I had to learn this at school in about 1961.

I think the fifth line is wrong. It should be:

"Finch, eagle, barnowl, everyone"

One of the next verses, or maybe the last verse, is:

One cartridge left, one bird to kill
That sweetlier sang than all the rest
With crazy hate he stalked on till
He saw it sleeping on its nest
And down the fluttering brilliance fell
Blood patterning its golden breast
geoff Boyes

I did this poem at school and always assumed it was famous - how come it is now 'lost'? I believe the author is Patric Dickinson and from memory the correct full text is

The wicked fowler took his gun
and beat the world with deadly eye
From dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn
He shot the birds out of the sky
Fich, eagle, barn owl, every one
Until his forefinger wore away

One cartridge left, one bird to kill
That sweetlier sang than all the rest
He stalked with crazy hate until
He shot it sleeping on its nest
And down the fluttering brilliance fell
Blood patterning the golden breast

But as he mocked and capered by
The procreative flames began to mate before his frozen eye
Until the deathless phoenix shone
And stretched new wings across the sky
He stumbled home, blind as a stone

David Nixon
David Nixon

Like Mr Geoff Boyes, I had to study this at school. It was in a (blue) book of poems called 'Twentieth Century Narrative Poems' which we studied for 'o' level Eng. Lit. About the same time as Mr Boyes - you weren't in the same class as me, were you? I can't remember the author, though
Mike Kennedy


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