School Birds

English would be a loud parrot

Screeching words at an empty page.

 

Maths would be a wise owl

Concentrating at every stage.

 

French would be an elegant swift

Darting and weaving and never still.

 

Science would be something stuffed,

Unidentified, with a broken bill.

 

Scripture would be a gentle dove

Sent from the ark to show God’s love.

 

History an old crow,

A dusty relic of long ago.

 

Geography would be paradise creatures

Flying west to find uncharted features.

 

Latin, a bird with a cobwebbed head

With its feet in the air, dead.

 

Music would be the chorus at dawn,

Art a peacock on a sculptured lawn.

 

Computers a flying machine that sings,

Technology Icarus with prototype wings.

 

But these made up birds are only a fable

Feeding at their very own bird time table.