|*Hello from the Critique Club*
...and they shall not go anywhere near the rule of thirds or have any strong focal point!
I like your tongue-in-cheek title and approach to the challenge which is determined to break all the rules as we know them and too often slavishly follow. I'm all for breaking the rules whenever I can but in doing so we want to show that there is good reason for doing so with the end result.
Without the title, I would look at your image and fail to lock on to a focal point, the sapling on the left and the roof probably have the greatest potential but are unfortunately too insignificant. The horizon is very central too and the lighting fails to enhance any particular features within the scene.
Personally I have no problem with mono, I absolutely love it, but mono is always best done in post-processing where you can enhance those features that will benefit the image as a whole rather than let the camera's, neutral and often rather boring, mono facility decide what tones lie where. In post-processing that sky could have really been enhanced very well to bring out more of a 'storm brewing' feel to it, there is some lovely contrast potential there that the camera has simply ignored.
If the bird you cloned out was very small and insignificant then it was probably best to remove it but had it been large enough then perhaps it could have given us a focal point to lock on to?
In terms of composition, I think if you had made the reeds a foreground feature by moving closer to them and lowered the foreground so that you could emphasise that quite gorgeous sky with the upper two thirds of the frame you would have significantly improved the end result. But given your title all this is probably irrelevant because I think you have deliberately chosen to go against all the 'rules'. Anyway I'm sure you had lots of fun and thats what it should all be about – keep at it.