Like a Nuthatch




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
gravity obeys.

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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16 thoughts on “Like a Nuthatch

    • 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 ♥

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    • 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!

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  1. 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

    Christine xxxxxx

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