Georgia and Chickadee
Photo by Amy LV
Chickadee Close Up
Photo by Amy LV
Students - Yesterday the chickadee that you see above flew into our window. Georgia heard the window-hit and ran outside to find the bird stunned in a snow pile. Learning that could not survive the cold stunned for long, she brought it inside and kept it warm in a box until it regained strength. When Georgia opened the box, little chickadee flew around my study for a moment! She and Mark caught and sent it back to the wild.
Georgia volunteers at Messinger Wildlife Care and Education Center, a special place here in Holland, NY. She knows a lot about birds, and she was ready to bring this chickadee to a rehabilitator if it did not fly away within a couple of hours. I am very grateful to Messinger Woods for their work. And too, they will be bringing a few educational ambassador birds, birds who cannot live in the wild, to my book release party for EVERY DAY BIRDS next Tuesday. Take a peek at this video about Jimini Crowket. He will be with us for the book party, and I look forward to meeting him.
Sometimes things happen in your daily life, and you just KNOW, "This is a poem idea." So it was with this little one. I am so glad wee chickadee is well again, and grateful to have seen its beautiful feathers up close. This poem pretty much wrote itself as I remembered just looking and looking at these humble and perfect colors on this humble and perfect bird.
I believe that the small, humble objects and encounters we live each day hold great meaning, if only we look. So look. Put down a game or a phone or even a book sometimes...and just look.
When you look at today's poem in terms of writing, you'll notice that it does not have a regular meter at all. And I planned to write it completely without rhyme. But can you tell where the rhyme crept in on its own?
Last summer I also wrote a poem about (to) a bird who had flown into one of our windows. You can read it HERE. It is a poem of address, written right to the thrush.
Today you can find me visiting Kirby Larson's blog with a post about the family tree for EVERY DAY BIRDS. Since the book flies into the world on Tuesday, I am very excited to begin sharing its stories. Thank you, Kirby!
It is a privilege to host writer and nursing student Jenna Kersten over at Sharing Our Notebooks this month. Please check out her post and comment to be entered to win a copy of Anne Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD. I am still looking for a few missing winners from earlier drawings, so please check HERE to see if you have won a book
This weekend, our daughter Hope and I will be at The Dublin Literacy Conference in Dublin, Ohio with many Poetry Friday friends. I can't wait. Happy Poetry Friday to one and all!
Please share a comment below if you wish.