The Nest

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The Nest

High within its leafy branches,
nestled close to tree top's breast,
sits a bundle, crafted, woven,
a hand-made home, a tidy nest.


Built with care to house her offspring,
securely set and tightly knit,
the nest will hold her precious cargo
upon which she will, patient, sit.


In due time, her eggs will hatch to
yield from each a fragile bird.
They huddle close within the nest,
from which their hungry cries are heard.


Then, begins the endless chore to
feed her hungry, noisy chicks...
she hunts and gathers juicy worms
and bugs to serve her mealtime mix.


Within a week or two they're ready
to try their wings and learn to fly...
The mother bird is their instructor
to demonstrate, then bid them try.


And off they go into the world to
make their way and have their own...
Now, mother 's nest is bare and empty
"My!", she sighs, "how time has flown!"






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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

What a delight to read and start my day. A beautiful little tale of the creation of a family and just like our own families, they come then they go. And just like the mother bird we also lament "how time has flown", as our nests become empty. The images also are awesome. Voted up and awesome. Thank you, tnderhrt23, for sharing this gem.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

You took us from nest building to empty nest in six, little verses! Very good!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Brilliant words and wonderful pictures too!!


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

Lol....Excellent! A really fun read.Made me smile.Especially those pics of the little babies! Awesome photography once again,my friend! Hugs to you!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fennelseed, I sort of had my own empty nest in mind as the words took shape here...thank you so much for your read and awesome comment!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, kindly, Mr. Starr! It is an amazing process to behold, the nest building, and baby birds!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

acaetnna, thank you! I am pleased you liked it!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, weed, as always! I have a lot of fun with this little trusty camera! I am glad it made you smile!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I always like to come home and sit in your nest Miss M - because it's so warm and cozy and safe and it has you .........

lake erie time 8:49pm


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

a beautiful poem and lovely pictures, It is so enjoyable watching the little birds hatch out and watching the mother feed them and teaching them how to fly. Very nicely done.

God Bless


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi tnderhrt23, beautiful words and photos describing the beauty of nature, I loved it!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Epi, you are so sweet and you are always welcome at my little nest! Thank you!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

VietNamVet, thank you! I am pleased you liked this, and yes, it is a joy to watch the mother bird with her little hatchlings! Blessings!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Movie Master, thank you! I am very happy you liked this little piece!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

So good to see you back writing again. Your poetry and pictures are beautiful. Thank you.

Hugs


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks, Ruby! Hugs to you!


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

What a beautiful poem and hub! Nothing like watching a nest from beginning to end, symbolic and moving for so many reasons!


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brandrocker 5 years ago

Beautiful hub! Thanks for this close insight.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Chatkath, thank you! Its funny, this little hub and how it came about...I have spent a fair amount of time in the past month at my sister's farm, where these pics were taken, due to the passing of her husband. I noticed this little nest early on just after her eggs had hatched and every single day I would go out and sit and watch it, from the ground and take pictures...then one day I convinced my nephew and my son to get the ladder out and conned my son into climbing that ladder up into the tree to get a couple of close-ups, which he did, God bless his soul! I am afraid of heights and wanted to do it myself but just couldn't get far enough up that ladder! Anyway, by the time we finally left the nest was empty and that is the inspiration behind the poem, that and the fact that my "nest" is now empty, as my children are all grown...thank you for your visit and awesome comment!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

brandrocker, it is my pleasure to share this little wonder of nature...thank you for your read and sweet comment!


ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

What a beautiful thing, this poem. It is just beautifully written. You did an awesome job on this, tnderhrt23!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

ExoticHippieQueen (love the name), thank you, kindly! It was like watching a miracle unfold before my eyes!


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samiaali 5 years ago

Hey tnderhrt23, There is only one thing to say - Beautiful!

This was absolutely Beautiful! I vote this up! :)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thanks so much, samiaali,I am tickled you like it!


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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

Your prose always takes me to a wonderful world T.H

Loving the photography of the birds


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Simon, thank you! During the time I spent at my sister's farm, I was fairly obsessed with this one particular nest...every day, several times of day, I would go to that tree and just sit beneath it and watch and snap away...I bet I must have taken over 300 shots of that silly nest! The close up of the baby birds Jamie shot for me because I was too scared to climb the ladder to the top...being afraid of heights and all but those two shots he got make the piece, I think....I so appreciate your visits and comments...make my day, you do!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

I love how your illustrate your poem with pictures. Very well done. Rated up.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, anglnwu! I appreciate your visit and great comment, and am glad you liked this!

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