What wouldn’t you give
for that peanutty feast –
something of your shyness
at the very least?
For you have valor,
obvious in your stance,
blue-gray caped crusader
eyes fixed in a glance.
Long-billed and short-tailed,
you observe from your perch,
impatient for my hand
to shorten your search.
While head over ‘heels’
you see nothing absurd
in making a descent
to reach what’s preferred.
And then there are times
you also move sideways
with strong toes and claws that
Your voice is distinct,
tiny horns on the wind,
red-breast hardly counting
your breaths out and in.
You have a technique
that seems topsy-turvy
but finds more delights than
others more nervy.
Tapping each crevice
you find grubs and insects
that many high climbers
routinely do miss.
Despite your short wings
you lift off with some pluck
to prove, after all, you
know which way is up.
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This poem just hops along! Just like I imagine tbe bird would do while you were watching him, oblivious to the fact he was giving you such great inspiration. Or mayb e he did know and was performing just for you! I find it quite refreshi g to read some rhyming poetry, theres something about it – a gentle simplicity maybe.
And of course accompanied by one of your ever beautiful illustrations
Lots of love
Your poem and picture remind me today of many happy and contented hours with my father, watching nuthatches (and other birds, too), busy at his birdefeeders.
It so satisfying when something I offer creates nice feelings or memories in another. What a lovely way to share with your father … there is almost nothing as interesting, entertaining, and satisfying as bird watching. Thank you!
I love this, Diane – your words are such a delightful description of this bird. And as always your artwork is beautiful!
I am so glad you enjoyed, Betty. Thank you!
Beautiful picture , and the words compliment it so well. Very enjoyable
Thank you so much, countingducks, for your visit and kind words.
The poem and artwork are delightful!
I do enjoy their acrobatic moves!
Thank you! Yes, I love to watch nuthatches … they are quite determined and nimble!
Hi Diane, I hope you are doing alright after Sandy! xx
Yes, we are fine, very blessed to be out of the worst of the storms. What a devastation for some, though. We just had one small conifer that was uprooted on one side of our driveway – I was able to manuever around it to go to work this morning. Love the rainbow photos you posted on FB! ♥
🙂 I am glad it all went well for you! ♥
Oh I love this, Diane–amazing fine detail; he looks like he’d be so soft to touch! Have a much-blessed day–love, Caddo
Thank you so much, Caddo! Yes, I am sure he is – but that’s the amazing things about birds, isn’t it – so fragile and yet so resilient. So much to learn from them, and all of nature! Keep well and hugs sent your way, Diane ♥
Hi Diane, what a lovely picture and poem. 🙂 Some birds just like to hang upside down for some reason?
Hi, Ina, and thanks! Well, maybe the world looks better that way!