Wednesday, 11 May 2016


“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” - C. S. Lewis

This week the theme of Poets United is “Birds”. My contribution below:

From Egg to Earth

The egg has just hatched
And the nestling dreams sweetly;
As flower buds unfurl.

The bird sings joyful
Songs, in noon’s white blinding heat,
Hidden in leafy bower.

As golden leaves fall,
The bird eggs on its offspring,
To leave the nest, fly.

Snow falls and covers
The dead bird: A life cycle ends;
Soon, new beginnings.


  1. A sad ending for poor little bird..........but I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of the unfolding of both nestling and seasons. It made me think how hard winters must be on very young birds........

  2. Cycle of life... Inevitable and yet able to cause so much joy and pain.

  3. Love this - such wonderful descriptions in your poem :D

  4. Is the amazing illustration above your own art? Wow. The Quote, too, moves me--the two together are quite a prep for "From Egg to Earth" which plays with images, matching hatchlings with flower buds, eggs with being egged on, and seasons' play on leaves with the fledglings progress. Fine poem.

  5. ah...yes Egg to Earth and songs in between, beautifully the image of the bird hidden in leafy bower singing loudly in the blazing heat of midday...a successful life, i must say...

  6. This is so very sad really. Oftentimes among the births occur the deaths in the bird world. But yes, the snow covers the dead bird....and life goes on. We can learn so much from observing nature's ways.

  7. Great capture on the cycle of life and the year.

  8. Sad, but so beautifully said.

  9. Only the fittest survive which in our humanity we often fail to grasp. It is not all about us now but ensuring the species continues with the most able. Life even in all its beauty is still intent on its continuance not just for one lifetime.

  10. Another fine example of a quote being gestated - not simply an illustration - their is a tenderness and strength in the cycle you describe beautifully here - like an egg itself

  11. a very telling haiku sequence, a candid cycle of life presented

    much love...

  12. Oh, how I pity these short-lived feathered friends...beautifully composed.

  13. Sometimes it's hard watching nature as it can end with so little fanfare. I think we are wiser for our observation. You do a wonderful job sequencing spring as she opens up to the sun.

  14. A beautiful poem about the cycle of life...