Nightjar Ventriloquy

My response to dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille #14

This Monday Björn has challenged us to write a Quadrille of 44 words that has to include the word ‘jar’.


I left ajar the door to evening;

Moths gathered around the light

That jarred the dusk,

Exploding in a cloud of dust,

Startled by a sudden churring,

A ventriloquial, jarring creak

Uttered by a cryptic, mottled streak

Of noiseless flight

In late summer night.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


Image of male nightjar in display flight  found on 


27 thoughts on “Nightjar Ventriloquy

  1. I had never heard of NightJars. I read your poem a few times and did not get it — then scroll down further and saw the pic. So quickly read about the crepuscular bird and the imagery in your poem came alive. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Lillian. Nightjars are nocturnal birds with pointed wings and a long tails. They have an almost supernatural reputation with their silent flight and their mythical ability to steal milk from goats.They only spend summer in the UK and are also known as nighthawks. Apparently they are related to the whip-poor-whill.

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