Repost: 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.

I have included this one in my Nature in Sight 2014 Calendar. The holidays are coming up, and it would make a lovely gift for someone who loves nature reflections in poetry and art.

Copyright 2013 by DM Denton

Copyright 2013 by DM Denton

See a preview of all twelve months and how to purchase.
It is a premium 13.5″ x 19″ calendar, on high quality paper stock, spiral-bound at the top of each month.
Blessings to all!

©Artwork and writing, unless otherwise indicated, are the property of Diane M Denton. Please request permission to reproduce or post elsewhere with a link back to bardessdmdenton. Thank you.

18 thoughts on “Repost: Like a Nuthatch

  1. This is so lovely, just lovely! What beautiful artwork, as usual!
    This looks just like the nuthatches around our yard, and especially as they hang like this from the suet.
    Beautiful calendar, also, Diane!


    • Hi, Fergie, so nice to ‘see’ you here, and thank you! I am so glad you have these lovely birds in your yard. I appreciate the visit and comment, and send healing to your mom. I will be over to your beautiful blog very soon. XO


    • Thank you so much, Barbara! We get a lot of nuthatches as we have a lot of trees and cover for them – they are especially active on the feeders through the fall, winter and spring. They are such lovely birds! XO


  2. Lovely 🙂 What a beautiful art you make! Those little birds are so nervous! If when they come in a group, they all fly away the moment one sneezes. Or something. xx


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