poetry and prose about place

in the branches of the White Pine

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Since finding the bird nests at our lake property last weekend, I have been thinking about the birds we see there in summer.  Our cabin looks out on a very bushy, young White Pine where birds love to nest and hide.   
the White Pine is the larger tree to the left of the road

The most frequent denizens of the pine are a pair of Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus).   They prefer berries for food and so are in their ideal habitat.  Our property must look like a big dinner plate to them, with its orderly presentation of wild strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn and winterberry.

Another bird who stops to rest in the pine is the American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), also known as the Thistle bird.  These are seed-eating birds who fly across the fields in a distinctive pattern of loops.  They are also one of the most common birds at our winter bird feeder. 



building homes


we fly kites

to learn the field and sky

set copper whirligigs to spin


          yellow flirt crosses blue


          potato-chip potato-chip potato-chip


we build our cabin

with 2 by 4s, boards and trusses

woodscrews and spiral nails


          firm framework 

          woven grass and birch 

          bark rim and spider silk


you fill walls with fiberglass

I quilt curtains for windows


          goldfinch waits while his female tucks

          her nest with thistledown

          tufts of cattail, puffs of dandelion


© Jane Tims  2011

Written by jane tims

December 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

6 Responses

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  1. I like how you incorporated the Goldfinch’s call into your poem. Well-done!


    Watching Seasons

    December 10, 2011 at 1:04 am

    • Hi Tracy. Thanks! Bird calls are fun to ‘transcribe’ into words. Jane


      jane tims

      December 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

  2. Jane~ I love the imagery, I’m big on that, BUT When I read it out loud I loved it more! Nice cadence!




    December 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    • Hi Brant. Thanks! I think poetry is meant to be read aloud. I belong to a writing group where we focus on listening to the written work. Jane


      jane tims

      December 9, 2011 at 6:46 am

  3. Hi Jane. Excellent post. Your drawing is well done … also liked the poem … how you switch it up back and forth.



    December 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • Hi. The goldfinch was fun to draw. I haven’t done many birds and I will try more. Jane


      jane tims

      December 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

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