Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Weekly Workshop: A Siege of Herons

A big group of blue herons have camped out in the field behind our house. They flap their wings and honk menacingly each time the dog walks by, and I have dreamed their great wings engulfing a body and making it disappear. No wonder that as a group they are called a "siege," sometimes a "surge;" together, they look like a great blue army, an angry wave rising up from the wheat.

I couldn't find out the person or persons responsible for these collective names. If you know, please tell me...they are a fabulous collision of science and metaphor. Here are some others:

A Parliament of Rooks

A Troubling of Goldfish

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

A Sleuth of Bears

A Kettle of Vultures

A Fever of Stingrays

A Gaze of Raccoons

A Scourge of Mosquitoes

A Shiver of Sharks

A Richness of Martins

A Bike of Hornets

A Boil of Hawks

An Earth of Foxes

A Memory of Elephants

A Shrewdness of Apes

More can be found here. My next poem will definitely have a bike of hornets in it.

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