Did you know?

Long before Orwell’s 1984
big brother watching you
drones and satellite stations,
there were pigeons in the sky.
Cameras upon their chests,
they reported fowl news
to those who knew.

Jobs stolen,
usurped by technocrats,
they simply gather now
where cracked corn is tossed.
And when they do take flight,
their only sign of rebellion
is the occasional shit upon your head.

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Written in response to Miz Quickly‘s posting of the following article from The Public Domain Review:  Dr Julius Neubronner’s Miniature Pigeon Camera
In 1908 Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased.  Photos from same article.  Hope I gave you a smile with this! 🙂



4 thoughts on “Did you know?

    • lillian May 19, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      So glad you enjoyed. I just hooted with laughter when I saw the photos — and had to post something! 🙂 It’s quite fun when a prompt makes you laugh out loud and you finish writing while chuckling out loud! 🙂


  1. Marcy Erb May 20, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    It doesn’t make any logical sense, but I think I would prefer pigeons with cameras to drones! It is much less sinister! 😀

    So interesting – thank you for sharing – and I love the poem!

    P.S. I don’t know if you follow the blog A-Wing and A-Way – https://awingandaway.wordpress.com/ – but this would be a perfect topic for his blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian May 25, 2016 / 8:05 am

      Glad you enjoyed. Will look up the site…just back from a 5-day family trip so late in my replies. I thought the photos were hilarious! 🙂


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