Blue Ribbon Nest

Darling, for you!

I’ve built this nest.

For you, my starling,

Deserve the best.

I started with mud

To mortar the sticks

To make it strong

Like a house of bricks.

I’ve shaped it round

To comfort your end

As you sit and sit and

Our chicks you tend.

To soften your seat,

I’ve lined it with fur

From our neighbor the cat

With the deafening purr.

But that’s not all.

For you, there’s more.

I’ve added front steps

And a solid oak door.

I’ve found blue ribbons.

And woven them in

To match the feathers

Beneath your chin.

Darling, for you,

I’ve built this nest.

I hope you’ll agree

It’s by far the best.

© 2012 Elizabeth Ehrenfest Steinglass, all rights reserved

7 replies
  1. Heidi Mordhorst says:

    Liz, what a loving voice, building for “my darling the starling”! Look forward to coming back and exploring your tanka, too. I got your note and I’m not ignoring you. : ) Just have to pace myself carefully during this heavy year. Thanks for getting in touch!

  2. Linda at teacherdance says:

    Isn’t the picture amazing, amazing that the birds know how and where and when. And for you to write such words from that is lovely. Love it all, but especially that “front steps and a solid oak door”

  3. Author Amok says:

    Hi, Liz. How are you finding the poem a day project? I especially like the cat’s appearance in the poem and the implication that the birds are getting the better of a furry feline.

  4. Liz Steinglass says:

    Right now, I’m trying to treat the poetry-writing like a job, so I do it Monday through Friday and give myself the weekend off. Sometimes we run out of Cheerios or clean socks, but I try to forgive myself for that. I think writing all the time gives me a little more faith that yes, something will eventually appear on the page. And I think I know a little better how to find inspiration–by walking, going out, or reading. I’m definitely learning a ton!

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