The Red Grouse and the Glorious Twelfth Large


The Glorious Grouse, by Francis Salvesen 2020

The Glorious Grouse, that great British Bird
Whatever the weather, complaining!
Too hot in the Summer, ‘alarm’ is the word
But distain for whenever it’s raining!

A flutter and squeal when approached unexpected
The same nasal noise with a drum
It is not at all nice you’ll agree, once reflected
to fly with your mates in a scrum!

Together in coveys of more than a brace
to flap and glide close to the ground
Or dominate hilltops alone, saving face,
one old cock flown away when it’s time for his round!

The Glorious Twelfth is the day to be seen
When it’s shockingly rocking with action!
an escape from the table of what might have been?
But whatever you think, it is quite a distraction!

Those Heathery moorlands with bright, purple scent
They said it’s ‘a bed full of food’.
Yet never the lifestyle that ‘luxury’ meant
I grouse, I’m not quite in the mood!

The Red Grouse and the Glorious Twelfth Large
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