there were warnings not to take those paths; never linger near the nests, beware when feathers ruffle, and respect the royal truce but a different king in the castle desiring dangerous convenience decreed garish rewards to those who revealed the monsters muffled, and the land trembled in terror let the legends linger long, the memories of those who mourn mimic the glory that once glowed, until feet shift and shuffle when their extinction is evident yet voices grumble accepting no accountability glaringly asking why their generation is accused when feathers ruffle, reveal the monsters muffled; feet shift and shuffle
This poem was inspired by this prompt from the Carrot Ranch Literary Community: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features feathers. It can be a single feather or more. Where did the feather come from? Does it hold meaning to the character or story? Go where the prompt leads!