Saturday, 23 January 2021

Birds in the winter garden


I've had enough of winter

Although I say that every year

The days are short my yearning long

Waiting for all the birds spring song

At least there's no ash in the grate

To be cleaned up; for that I hate

Winter stripped the leaves from the trees

Our kids mention they have cold knees

Each day we send them off to school

Then look at garden's frozen pool

See the bare branches in our back yard

As last night's wind has blown so hard

Conversation with naught to say

Among the quiet birds today

Until a rook makes a sad call

Clearly is not happy at all

Later there's a more strident squawk

That's now mentioned by a hawk

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