Thursday, February 21, 2013


Birds' Nests

The summer nests uncovered by autumn wind.
Some torn, others dislodged, all dark.
Everyone sees them: low or high in tree,
Or hedge, or single bush, they hang like a mark.

Since there's no need of eyes to see them with
I cannot help a little shame
That I missed most, even at eye's level, till
The leaves blew off and made the seeing no game.

'Tis a light pang. I like to see the nests
Still in their places, now first known,
At home and by far roads. Boys knew them not,
Whatever jays and squirrels may have done.

And most I like the winter nests deep-hid
That leaves and berries fell into;
Once a dormouse dined there on hazel-nuts,
And grass and goose-grass seeds found soil and grew.

~ Edward Thomas (1878-1917 / London / England)


donna baker said...

Jo, you must be in the middle of the snowstorm we just went through. It has melted already and I am planting seed in my greenhouse. Thank you so for your comment about Birdie. It will take a while, as I keep seeing him all over the house. I do miss him so.

Bernideen said...

Very sweet poem!

Steven Cain said...

Love, love, love, bird's nests.

Country Gal said...

I have heard this poem before .Lovely isn't it ! Wonderful post and photo ! Have a good day !

L. D. said...

Your eggs are really great. I like the nest and the few feathers really add to the whole scene. I collect feathers in a very informal way, I have them stuck here and there and not in one single location. Take care.

Susan Freeman said...

Just lovely Jo!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

DeniseinVA said...

Pretty photo Jo, and a lovely post as always.

Andrea said...

Sending lots of love & hugs your way this evening. Have a blessed night's rest & a good day tomorrow.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

soooo beautiful!

Stella Jones said...

The birds in my garden are beginning to look at each other now. Won't be long before they start nest-building. Your nest is lovely, isn't it. It gives me a cosy feeling!